Liverpool football club will be visiting the Etihad Stadium for the first time since they were confirmed the Premier League champions on June 25, 2020, when Chelsea defeated Manchester City to end Liverpool’s long wait fo the title.
Though Liverpool have been confirmed Champions of the league, Jurgen Klopp and his boys still have a lot to play for when they face Pep Guardiola at 20:05 tonight. Liverpool would attempt to break the 100 points in a season record that Manchester City hold by winning their remaining 7 games including tonight’s match.
The Champions currently have 86 points in 31 games and they need 14 more points to break City’s 100 points-a-season record and probably surpass it. To achieve that, they need to win at least 5 games in their remaining 7 games, making tonight’s game part of those five, will not be a bad idea for Klopp.
As for Pep Guardiola who has nothing to lose whether he loses or wins tonight’s game except his pride, says he and his boys have a lot to prove to Liverpool. This means that they are ready to go all the way against the new champions of the league.
Recall that Liverpool football club defeated Manchester City 3-1 when Pep and his boys visited the Anfield Stadium earlier in the season. City would not want to suffer the same fate in the hands of Liverpool twice in one season.
Manchester City current form
Manchester City is still on fire like they have been all season long and still a bit inconsistent. In their last two games, City have lost one and won one, meaning that they are very beatable. Recall that they lost to Chelsea in Stamford Bridge on June 25 and won over Newscaster United in an FA Cup quarterfinal match last weekend.
Liverpool Current Form
Liverpool football club have little or no pressure at this point. The players would want to enjoy their games and see how many records they will break on the way. In their last premier league match, they bashed Crystal Palace 4-0 to establish their dominance.
Manchester City Team News
Pep Guardiola still has a lot to worry about as far as injuries are concerned. His main striker, Sergio Aguero has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Eric Garcia could also miss the match because he is still battling with an injury on his head.
City’s winger, Leroy Sane is closed to a move to Bayern Munich and is very much likely not to be available for selection tonight. Fernandinho is completely ruled out of the game because he still has one more match ban to observe after receiving a red card in their match against Chelsea last week.
In all these tragedies, Guardiola has promised that his team would observe the Premier League tradition of giving Liverpool a guard of honour before the commencement of the match.
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool are still basking in their victory and luckily for Jurgen Klopp, there is no much injury scare to be worried about. The only first-team player that is still injured is Joel Matip. The Liverpool star is still battling a toe problem.
Possible first eleven for Man City:
Ederson, Walker, Cancelo, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling
Possible first eleven for Liverpool:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane