Premier League: Liverpool v Man City Preview

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Liverpool v Man City

Sunday, Jan 14 – 16:00pm

Liverpool maintained their unbeaten streak at Anfield by beating Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup last weekend. The Reds have not lost a Premier League game since their match with Tottenham back in October; however, with Philippe Coutinho recently departing the club, Jurgen Klopp’s side could find themselves lacking the same attacking impetus in the second-half of the season. Liverpool sit 4th on the league table, 18 points behind leaders Man City.

Man City rebounded from their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace, by beating Watford 3-1 on MD22, and remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season. Pep Guardiola is currently looking to strengthen his squad for the second-half of City’s hugely successful campaign, by bringing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez to the Etihad, but with Gabriel Jesus set to return from injury in the near future, City are still in a fantastic position to claim the title in May, with or without the Chilean forward. A win today could see Pep’s side go 16 points clear at the top of the leaderboard.

Let’s take a look at the stats:

  • Liverpool are undefeated in their last 14 meetings with City at Anfield, (W10 D4) – their last home loss against the Citizens coming in May 2003.
  • In fact, the only team that City have a worse away record against in the Premier League is Arsenal – losing 15 games between 1992 and 2012.
  • Pep Guardiola’s side won the reserve fixture 5-0 in September – they have failed to win both league games against Liverpool since the 1936/37 season.
  • Liverpool have shipped just four goals in their last 13 matches at Anfield in the Premier League (W7 D6), and have kept nine clean sheets.
  • The last time that the Reds won four consecutive matches in the Premier League was back in December 2016 – the fourth match was a victory at home over Man City.
  • Only two Premier League clubs have experienced a longer undefeated run in the competition than Man City (30 matches) – Arsenal (49 matches) and Chelsea (40 matches).
  • Jurgen Klopp has beaten Pep Guardiola four times in all competitions – more than any other manager (level with Jose Mourinho).
  • Since October 2015, Liverpool have taken more points from the ‘Big Six’ than any other side (39) – they have scored 40 goals in the process.
  • Mohamed Salah has been involved in 22 goals for the Reds this season (17 goals, five assists) – only two players have had a hand in more goals over 21 Premier League games (Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole).

The Reds have a brilliant record at Anfield this season, and you almost get the feeling that if anyone can stop Man City, it’s Liverpool. Almost every Premier League manager has decided to set up differently against Pep Guardiola’s side, but Jurgen Klopp is not a man who dabbles in reactive tactics. He’ll send his team out to attack, and Liverpool will be looking for revenge after their 5-0 thumping at the Etihad. Liverpool to win.

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta