As the race for Champions League football intensifies, two top-four rivals will round off the final Premier League action before the international break on Sunday when Manchester City entertain Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.
Just one place and one point separates the two sides in the table heading into the weekend, but victory either way would be a significant boost for one team and a damaging blow to the other.
If, somehow, Pep Guardiola was still not aware how big a challenge it would be to turn
Manchester City into a dominant force both at home and abroad then Wednesday’s Champions League exit at the hands of AS Monaco would have confirmed it.
The Spaniard walked into star-studded squads at Barcelona and Bayern Munich , but his record of reaching at least the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition in every year as a manager was still a hugely impressive one.
Liverpool’s record against their top-six rivals has been well documented and, while on its own it is not enough for them to keep up with Chelsea’s relentless pace, it has at least allowed them to strengthen their hold on a top-four spot.
The Reds are unbeaten in nine games against fellow top-six opposition this season, amassing 19 points from a possible 27 in that time to establish themselves as clear leaders of that particular mini-league.
Liverpool are hopeful of having Roberto Firmino back available after the Brazilian returned to training on Friday having sat out the win over Burnley last weekend.
Divock Origi led the line in his absence, but the Belgian is a doubt this weekend having missed training on Thursday.
Daniel Sturridge (hip) and captain Jordan Henderson (foot) remain sidelined, but defender
Dejan Lovren is ready to return after five games out with a knee injury.
Man City have no new injury concerns of their own, with long-term absentees Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan missing out once again.
Man City possible starting lineup:
Caballero; Sagna, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov; Toure, Fernandinho, Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Wijnaldum, Can, Lallana; Mane, Firmino, Coutinho
Editor’s Note- This one is hard to predict. After the painful exit in the Champions League against Monaco, Pep Guariola will be hoping his team bounce back in style. Liverpool got their eyes on a mandatory top four finish. I am going for Man City 0-2 Liverpool. Think i am wrong?
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