Man City vs Liverpool: Klopp can rotate, Possible changes, Team News, lineups and kick-off
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester City already gave away the Premier League title to Liverpool and may again prove second best when these teams clash at the Etihad Stadium.
City has failed to win the on several meetings making them poor record against leading clubs this term, losing seven of 11 encounters with teams in the top seven and winning just three.
Jurgen Klopp’s men has only failed to collet all three points dropped two points in 10 such fixtures, so 23/10 for an away win is hard to resist as our initial Man City vs Liverpool prediction.
City remained on course to win a fourth straight domestic knockout competition when beating Newcastle 2-0 to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.
Kevin De Bruyne netted from the penalty spot at St James’ Park and Raheem Sterling punished the Magpies for Dwight Gayle’s poor miss when wrapping up victory.
De Bruyne said: “We should have scored more but played really well and created enough chances to score a lot of goals.”
However, while the Blues have again proved adept at dominating moderate opposition this term, they have faltered when competing in better company.
Neighbours United and Wolves have both done the double over them, whilst further losses at Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea have left City 23 points adrift of the new champions.
Manchester city’s major issues this season was mainly thier slow starts in big games, whereas Liverpool have scored first in seven of eight league matches against the top six.
Looking at the Man City vs Liverpool odds, that makes 23/20 for the visitors to break the deadlock here an obvious pick.
Last Man City line-up: Bravo, Walker, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Gundogan, De Bruyne, D Silva, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez.
Liverpool returned to action with a pretty drab derby draw at Everton but quickly rediscovered their sparkle when crushing Crystal Palace 4-0 at Anfield.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s superb free-kick opened the floodgates before Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane also hit the target.
A first title triumph for 30 years was then confirmed when City went down 2-1 at Chelsea the following night, sparking wild celebrations on Merseyside.
The Reds could be forgiven for partying themselves that night, but a lack of FA Cup action over the weekend should ensure they fully recover in time for this test.
Several Premier League records remain up for grabs and the feeling is that Klopp will keep his players focused.
“The consistency the boys have shown is so exceptional I can’t describe,” beamed the German.
“We will not stop, that’s it. We will not stop, we will stay focused and we see the opportunity.”
Chairman Tom Werner added: “One of the things that stuck with me this year was their hunger for winning. I don’t think that will be diminished. They’re such a good group of players.
“I have such fondness for them as individuals off the pitch. They’re humble, they’re kind, they enjoy each other’s company. You could see that in the videos when they were all celebrating.
“It’s a lot to ask of them to stay at this extraordinary level, but it is our goal to continue to play with this quality.”
Roberto Firmino has had the most away goals this season, netting six goals in seven away games versus top-half teams..
Possible line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Keita, Chemberlian, Firmino, Mane, Salah.
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