Liverpool vs Man City: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Liverpool vs Man City: Line-ups

Liverpool

Man City

Man City’s Streak to Continue

#1

Liverpool have never before gone four successive home league games without a win but, while they will be expecting more freedom for their strikers, they are also coming up against the best defence in the EPL by some distance.

#2

Man City have shipped just 13 goals in their 21 Premier League outings so far this season, and the last of those came more than a month ago on January 3. The leaders have kept six clean sheets on the bounce since then which means that they have now kept more clean sheets than they have conceded goals this season, preventing the opposition from scoring in 14 of their 21 games.

#3

Guardiola has also had the luxury of being able to rotate his players in recent weeks while maintaining their winning run, meaning that his squad should be relatively fresh for an upcoming difficult spell which sees Man City face Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Arsenal, West Ham United and Manchester United in their next six Premier League games.

#4

The champions’ injury problems are still extensive – Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez could all miss the remainder of the season, while Diogo Jota and Naby Keita remain sidelined too – but their options have at least been bolstered by deadline day business. Man City are also without a couple of key players in Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, both of whom will miss the trip to Anfield due to fitness issues.

#5

Everything points firmly at only one result in this match – a Manchester City victory. Liverpool have struggled to score or win at home recently, whereas Man City’s defensive record is just as impressive as their relentless winning streak.