Match Preview – Manchester City vs Liverpool

With ten games remaining of the season, one can easily call the two next games those that provide Liverpoolwith the toughest opposition. First up Manchester City at Etihad, then next up Everton at Anfield. 

Manchester City has lots of more games behind them this season, doing fairly well in domestic cup tournaments and taken part in the Champions League, where AS Monaco just defeated them 3-1 at Stade Louis II in Monaco on Wednesday.

Manchester City will be meeting Liverpool with lots of tred legs at Etihad. I believe there will be some rotating by the Man City manager Pep Guardiola for this game, Yaya Touré and Pablo Zabaleta probably starting this game and then maybe also Kelechi Iheanacho and/or Jesus Navas starting as the Champions League game against the French Ligue 1 leaders Monaco Wednesday evening was quite a hard test for lots of City players. 

Gabriel Jesus is still injured, as for the rest of the squad there are no injuries to talk of. 

In that sense, things are looking better for Liverpool as well. Dejan Lovren is match fit now, as is Marko Grujic. 

What is clear is, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge are injured and will not play the next game at Etihad. I am along with some famous pundits also wondering what is going on with Nathaniel Clyne and Philippe Coutinho who both seem to be out of form. 

Could this provide the likes of Trent Alexander Arnold and Sheyi Ojo with an opportunity? I don’t think so, but it is fair enough to ask the question. 

Klopp shall have to be worried about minor injuries up front, too. Both Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi has picked up small injuries. Firmino has been training just a little and will probably start the game at Etihad. 

Both Liverpool and Man City has experienced lots of problems in the defence this season. 

I believe we are going to witness a game in which both Guardiola and Klopp will urge their players to put a lot of pressure on the opposition defence, as this area is the weakness of both teams. 

This game will be a high intensity affair. Manchester City has a lot of tired legs after Wednesday evening’smatch in Monaco while Liverpool has had time to train and relax. 

Head-To-Head: Previous meetings 

Liverpool beat Manchester City 1-0 at Anfield earlier on this season (31 December 2016)

We met with Man City three times in the 2015/16 season, losing the League Cup final at Wembley on penalties after a 1-1 draw. In the league, however, we won 3-0 at Anfield and 4-1 at Etihad. 

2014/15 results: Man City 3-1 Liverpool (Etihad), Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City (Anfield) 

Predicted starting line-ups

Manchester City: Caballero – Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendy, Clichy – Touré, Silva – Sterling, De Bruyne, Sané – Agüero 

Liverpool: Mignolet – Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Milner – Can – Lallana, Wijnaldum – Mané, Firmino, Coutinho 

What to expect or hope for

This will be a great match. I believe we’re going to see lots of chances created in front of both goals at Etihad. 

Then, who knows what might be the outcome after 90 minutes? Win, lose or draw? Hard to tell, but we certainly all hope for a good game and a victory. 

Because of Manchester City’s loss at Stade Louis II Wednesday evening, I believe Guardiola is going to be worried about the fitness of an ageing Man City squad, and consequently do a bit of rotation now. This should give Liverpool an advantage. 

I believe Liverpool is going to win this game at Etihad. I however do not believe Klopp is going to say anything like «Boom!!!» in his post-match press conference, though. 

Written by @magneleokarlsen

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