Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview

Liverpool vs Manchester City

Competition – Barclays Premier League

Stadium – Anfield

Date: 14th January 2018

Kick-off time – 16:00 GMT

Liverpool’s newest addition Virgil van Dijk had a debut to remember last week Friday as he scored the winner in the FA Cup match against Everton.

They now turn their attention to try to stop the seemingly unbeatable Manchester City in this game.

The Reds are currently not doing poorly themselves as they are currently on a run of 17 games without a defeat and they have won 9 of their last 13 league games ahead of this match.

They sold Philippe Coutinho last week but they have enough cover in attack and should not miss the Brazilian too much.

Mo. Salah is back after missing the last two games through injury and he remains the second highest goal scorer in the league with 17 goals – only one goal behind Harry Kane and he will most likely be supported in attack by Roberto Firmino who has already netted 17 times in all competitions this season.

The Reds do have their defensive problems as they have conceded 13 goals in 22 league games this season which is the highest by any top five side and their fans will be hoping the signing of van Dijk can help solve that problem.

Manchester City won the first leg of this game 5-0 at the Etihad last year and while they know such a score line is unlikely at Anfield, they should be reasonably optimistic as they have won 8 of their last 10 matches in all competitions and remain unbeaten in the league.

Crystal Palace became the first team in 19 league games to stop them from winning and they were fortunate not to lose their unbeaten run in that game also.

They have won 20 of 22 league games this season and have won all but one of their away matches his season also.

Palace were able to stifle City by being organized at the back and breaking into devastating counter attacks.

Liverpool are not known for that style of play so the Reds will most likely be on the attack from the beginning which could lead to a high scoring game.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Liverpool

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Liverpool 2-1 Everton 5 Jan, 2018 English FA Cup
W Burnley 1-2 Liverpool 1 Jan, 2018 English Premier League
W Liverpool 2-1 Leicester City 30 Dec, 2017 English Premier League
W Liverpool 5-0 Swansea City 26 Dec, 2017 English Premier League
D Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool 22 Dec, 2017 English Premier League

Manchester City

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Manchester City 2-1 Bristol City 9 Jan, 2018 English Carabao Cup
W Manchester City 4-1 Burnley 6 Jan, 2018 English FA Cup
W Manchester City 3-1 Watford 2 Jan, 2018 English Premier League
D Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City 31 Dec, 2017 English Premier League
W Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester City 27 Dec, 2017 English Premier League

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool 9 Sep, 2017 English Premier League
Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool 19 Mar, 2017 English Premier League
Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City 31 Dec, 2016 English Premier League
Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City 2 Mar, 2016 English Premier League
Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City 28 Feb, 2016 English Carabao Cup


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