Premier League preview: Liverpool vs Manchester City

Liverpool entertain Manchester City in Sunday’s Premier League meeting at Anfield. The Merseyside outfit come into the game in a good run of form across all competitions and they have not succumbed to a defeat since the 4-1 thumping at Tottenham Hotspur in October 2017. On the contrary, the Citizens have lost just a single game through the campaign, and that came in a Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are presently fourth in the league standings ahead of London duo Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Manchester City, on the other hand, are cruising at the top of the table with a 15-point advantage over second-placed Manchester United.

What happened in the last meeting?

The previous meeting between the clubs was at the Etihad Stadium where the hosts celebrated a comfortable 5-0 victory. City opened the scoresheet with Sergio Aguero at the midway stage of the first half and the game was thereafter poised until Sadio Mane was sent off for a high and reckless challenge on goalkeeper Ederson in the 37th minute. Thereafter, Gabriel and Leroy Sane scored individual braces for the Mancunian giants with the latter doing so after coming on from the bench.

Players to watch for:

Mohamed Salah – Liverpool: With Philippe Coutinho having parted ways with the club, Mohamed Salah is now clearly reckoned as the leader of the Reds attack. The Egyptian has already netted 17 league goals during his maiden season with the Reds and Fabian Delph has a huge task on his hands to restrict the movement of the 25-year-old. Salah does tend to waste a few clear-cut chances but with the number of opportunities coming his way, he has been able to find the scoresheet on a consistent basis through the campaign.

Raheem Sterling – Manchester City: The ex-Liverpool graduate has transformed under the guidance of Pep Guardiola this term. The England international is already experiencing his best-scoring campaign with 14 league goals and he has remained a distinctive threat for the opposition during the dying stages of games. Sterling has already netted stoppage time winners against Bournemouth and Southampton with literally the final kick and the Reds may need to restrict his movement within the penalty box.

Prediction:

Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City

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