After they faced Chelsea, PSG, and Napoli in a space of two weeks, Liverpool end their hectic run of games with a blockbuster encounter against Champions Manchester City. This is undoubtedly the most anticipated matchup between two teams who could beat anyone on their day. It is almost certain that Manchester City are the greatest English Champions in the modern era. Most points – 100, most points ahead of second – 19, most wins – 32, most away wins – 16, most away points – 50, most goals – 106, best goal difference – +79, and the most consecutive victories – 18. In this time of sheer dominance, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have only been able to beat Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool once, that too when Sadio Mane was sent off early in the game that saw Klopp sub off Salah at halftime due to Mane’s sending off. Manchester City have never been able to beat Liverpool with eleven men.
Biggest game in the Premier League?
Manchester City sit on top of the Premier League table ahead of Liverpool, but only by goal difference. and the winner will not only top the tale but will also have a three-point advantage over their rival. The Premier League have stated that the match between the two clubs will be aired and available to view in one billion homes in 179 countries around the world and this stat in itself talks of the magnanimity of the clash. Last season’s four meetings generated 18 goals and it is expected that this time out, there will be no shortage of goals or entertainment in a match that is set to go down as one of the most highly anticipated matches of all time. The reason for this is that the game is genuinely a 50 – 50 game if both teams play to their potential, something that they are expected to considering the importance of the match and with the summit of the Premier League at stake.
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The team news for both teams pretty similar. Manchester City might be boosted by the return of midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne while Naby Keita of Liverpool is available for selection on Sunday. Liverpool will miss Ox Chamberlain who was a key man in all their fixtures with Manchester City last year. Liverpool have not got a win in their last three games and will look to get back into winning ways in superb fashion against the Champions City, something that many teams cannot even think about.
The Anfield atmosphere
Klopp’s Liverpool are a team that are known to bounce back after defeats and will look to do the same against City on Sunday after their disappointing show against Napoli in the Champions League, where they failed to get a single shot on target. But this Liverpool team have time and again shown that they are more than capable of bouncing back and they can never be taken lightly. As the two teams prepare for the clash, the Liverpool fan’s prepare to bring their fire to Anfield as they always do. If last time’s Champion’s league clash at Anfield was something to go by, Manchester City will surely be facing a team of more than 60,000 people.
"We could see he was a man for the team, a man for the players." 💪
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 5, 2018