Liverpool vs Manchester City: Match Preview

Christian Parry
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Liverpool take on league leaders Manchester City in what will be a must-win game in order for the home side to stay in the title race.

The Reds are under pressure to keep up with their title challengers, after losing at home to Brighton on Wednesday. Pep Guardiola’s City have won their last 13 matches in all competitions, and are in strong form going into Sunday’s game.

In the first meeting of both sides, this season took place in November and ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Liverpool trail City by seven points, but have also played one more than The Citizens as well.

Liverpool Team News

The Reds are monitoring the fitness of Sadio Mane and Fabinho, but Brazilian keeper Alisson is likely to return after missing the Brighton match to illness.

All three have been in training ahead of the match.

Joel Matip will miss the rest of the season due to injury, so new signing’s Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies could make an appearance.

Kabak is available for selection on Sunday after having international clearance.

Jurgen Klopp said ahead of Sunday’s match, “we will see,” on whether the two new signings would make an appearance against City.

Manchester City Team News

The away side don’t have any new injuries, so Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Nathan Ake are the only players unavailable for them.

French defender Aymeric Laporte is likely to return to the bench, after being given a rare start in City’s 2-0 win over Burnley midweek.

Summary

This game is massive for many reasons. A Manchester City win and there are growing fears they could run away with the title, but a Liverpool victory could be the confidence booster the side need.

A win at Anfield is exactly what the side needs after losing back-to-back home games since September 2012.

However, the Reds aren’t playing well at the moment, but even a draw would certainly show they’ve got the ability to chase City all the way to end of the season.

The top four is very closely knit too, with Liverpool playing third-placed Leicester City next weekend.

Sunday’s game is the perfect opportunity to bounce back and remind the league how strong Liverpool are.

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