Premier League [Preview]: Liverpool vs Manchester City

Liverpool play host to Manchester City in Sunday’s crunch Premier League showdown at Anfield. The Reds are in a good vein of form across all competitions, and they have not lost a game since the 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur in October 2017. In contrary, the Citizens have succumbed to a solitary defeat all season, and that came versus Shakhtar Donetsk in the final outing of the Champions League group stage.

Jurgen Klopp’s side head into the game holding onto the fourth position ahead of London duo Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal whilst Manchester City are clear at the top of the standings, 15 points clear of second-placed Manchester United.

What happened last time around?

The previous outing between the sides was at the Etihad Stadium where City came up triumphs by a comfortable 5-0 scoreline. City opened the scoring with Sergio Aguero midway through the first-half but the match was evenly poised until Sadio Mane committed a high-foot challenge on goalkeeper Ederson, which cost him a red card. Gabriel Jesus made 2-0 heading into the break, and the Brazilian added another shortly after the interval. Thereon, it was left for Leroy Sane to complete the rout as he notched two sublime goals coming off the bench.

Players to watch for:

Mohamed Salah – Liverpool: With Philippe Coutinho no longer in the club’s ranks, Mohamed Salah has the responsibility to be the creative force in the Reds attack. The Egypt international has been a menace on the left-wing all season, and he is currently the league’s second highest goal-getter with 17 goals, only behind Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane. Despite this, the 25-year-old has the tendency to miss clear-cut chances, and he may have to be more clinical in front of goal versus the Premier League leaders.

Raheem Sterling – Manchester City: The ex-Reds graduate has progressed into one of City’s main goalscorers this campaign, contributing 14 goals in the Premier League. Sterling is already experiencing the best-scoring season of his career, similarly to Salah, and the Englishman has single-handedly won games for the Citizens by finding the net in the dying stages of games. Sterling is likely to be the subject of jeers from the Anfield faithful, and he will surely want to leave a mark with a match-defining impact.

Prediction:

For the love of the neutrals, Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City

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