English Premier League: Liverpool vs Manchester City: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Man City end 18-year wait for Anfield win

In February 2021, Manchester City ended a run of 18 years without a win at Anfield. Relive that game on OneFootball.

Manchester City vs Liverpool: Line-ups



Manchester City

A Game of Defence vs Attack


Jurgen Klopp was keen to stress that Liverpool’s previous thrashings of Porto at the Estadio do Dragao would count for nothing ahead of their Champions League tie, but the Reds still managed to replicate their past performances with a 5-1 drubbing of Sergio Conceicao’s men on Tuesday.


Klopp’s side are also unbeaten in 10 competitive fixtures at Anfield and have scored at least three goals in each of their last six games since last month’s 3-0 win over Leeds United, but Pep Guardiola’s defence is already proving near-impenetrable in the league this term.


Seeking to navigate their first true test of the season with flying colours, Man City travelled to Stamford Bridge on the back of a disappointing goalless stalemate with Southampton, but Guardiola’s men produced the goods when it mattered most.


In spite of their European disappointment, City can certainly take solace in the fact that they have now gone five Premier League games without conceding since their opening-day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, with only one goal shipped representing the best record in the division so far.


There have been many tasty ties at Anfield down the years between these two clubs – with City marching to a 4-1 success in the 2020-21 season – and Liverpool can only boast one win from their last seven against Guardiola’s side in all competitions, although that did come on Merseyside 3-1 in their triumphant 2019-20 season.

DPP Verdict

A battle between the Premier League’s most potent attack and most resilient rearguard should serve up yet another classic between the two clubs, but the visitors’ defence will surely be unable to hold out against the famed trio. Even without a recognised number nine, Guardiola’s side still boast plenty of quality going forward and should have made the net ripple at the Parc des Princes, so we expect the two managers to shake hands on a draw come the full-time whistle.