Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview | Prediction | Head-to-Head | Line up
The Premier League title holders, Liverpool, are all set to have the best chance to get back in the title race as they play Manchester City who are looking to have found their peak destructive form.
Anfield will be hosting yet another potential title race fixture as seven points separate both the sides in the table after Liverpool lost back-to-back Premier League fixtures at home, while the Cityzens have been on a ruthless unbeaten run.
The meeting between the sides has always been instrumental in making it clear as to which team is more likely to lift the Premier League in that particular season.
Like Jurgen Klopp said, at the moment, Liverpool's focus is to cement their place in the top four and that makes it clear how important the tie is for the Reds.
For Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, the only looming threat over their head are their city rivals Manchester United who are currently three points adrift of them but City have a game in hand too.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Head to Head
When we compare the head-to-head results, the Reds are ahead with 12 wins to their name, losing seven, while ten have been drawn. However, the last five fixtures have witnessed Manchester City taking charge, with three wins, one draw and a loss in the previous season at Anfield.
The gap between the sides is not just because of their quality but because of how Liverpool have failed to keep up with the consistency they've had in the last two seasons.
The Reds have managed only two wins in their last eight Premier League games and a defeat here would make things worse for Klopp and co.
Liverpool's latest disappointment came against Brighton at home as they looked very sloppy on the ball and did not create any clear-cut chances.
Liverpool are yet to fire a goal at their fortress and hopefully, a free-flowing Manchester City side may give them the space Liverpool would like.
This time they will be facing a team that doesn't keep a low block but they need to know that the visitors are also the best defensive side in the top-flight currently.
Manchester City have just let in 13 goals this season, and they have managed six consecutive clean sheets that may turn into seven if Liverpool continues with their scoring form at Anfield this year.
The last time a Premier League side won 14 games in a row was in 1892 (Preston North End) and 1987 (Arsenal), and Manchester City are on 13 at the moment.
While the visitors have won all of their last six games in all competitions, the hosts have just won twice, losing three and drawing one.
Liverpool vs Man City: Team News
Liverpool will be positive about one thing and that is the number of options available. Sadio Mane, Alisson, and Fabinho are all expected to feature, while they have a couple of options at the back to after successful deadline deals.
Thiago Alcantara may or may not feature considering the omen of him starting being linked to Liverpool's poor displays, while Mohamed Salah will be starting for sure.
Manchester City are also without Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne, two players who have always been a vital part of the fixture for the Cityzens.
Kyle Walker is likely to start from the right, shifting Joao Cancelo to the left, while John Stones and Ruben Dias will be defending not just their backline but also their undisputed partnership on the pitch.
Liverpool Probable Playing XI
Manchester City Probable Playing XI
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Prediction
Predicting this tie is never easy but considering form only, Manchester City seem to be the favorites. However, the speciality of such high-profile fixtures is the unpredictability they offer.
We've seen Liverpool cutting City's gap at the top in the past and the Reds would be hoping that they make a huge statement at Anfield on Sunday.
Sportco predicts Liverpool to win.