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Liverpool vs Manchester City: Preview, expected line-ups, how to watch and prediction

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The State of Play

Liverpool are looking to send off Jurgen Klopp with a remarkable quadruple this season and that continued in midweek as they hammered Sparta Prague by five goals to one in the first-leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie in midweek. That came after a 3-0 hammering of Southampton in the fifth round of the FA Cup, a slender and controversial win over Nottingham Forest to stay at the top of the Premier League and an EFL Cup final win, too, against Chelsea a couple of weeks ago.

Manchester City are also aiming to achieve history this season under the management of Pep Guardiola as they push to do the treble in successive seasons. They come into this one on the back of a 3-1 defeat of Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League in midweek to complete a 6-2 aggregate victory in the Round of 16 of that competition. That win means City are now unbeaten in their last 20 matches across all competitions and begin the weekend sitting a point behind Liverpool at the top-of-the-table.

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Team News

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool may well be welcoming Mohamed Salah back into the first-team this weekend but they are missing some key men such as Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota.

Manchester City remain without key attacking midfielder Jack Grealish for this weekend and he may be sidelined alongside both Matheus Nunes and Jeremy Doku, who are doubtful for their trip to Anfield.

Expected Line-ups

Liverpool: Kelleher; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Mac Allister, Endo, Szoboszlai; Salah, Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Ake; Rodri, Silva; Foden, De Bruyne, Doku; Haaland

What they Said

Prior to their defeat of Sparta Prague in midweek, Klopp suggested his side were ready for an ‘intense battle’ so they will be relieved and surprised to have won that match so easily on Thursday evening.

Pep Guardiola was quick to praise Phil Foden after his sparkling performance in the derby last week and he said the Stockport-born attacker was the ‘best player in the league’ after his brace in that match.

When and How to Watch

This match will be played at Anfield at 15:45 on Saturday March 9th and will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK. It will also be able to be streamed live via the Sky Go app.

Prediction

This could well be the last time Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola meet in the dugout – it will be the last chance they meet in the Premier League. 16 of their 21 meetings as Liverpool and Manchester City bosses have featured both teams scoring and another entertaining encounter is to be expected at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. This should be an absolute thriller for the neutral and should well be a high-scoring contest, regardless of who comes out on top.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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