Liverpool ready to halt Man City title march

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

Bournemouth host Arsenal and Liverpool welcome Manchester City to Anfield in what should be a fantastic Sunday of soccer.

He said: "We have open eyes through this transfer window, but we will not make insane things".

This is the first match Liverpool will play since the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, while Virgil van Dijk is expected to make his Premier League debut for the Reds following his move from Southampton.

Whatever standard you play at - it's always reassuring to look up with the ball and know there's someone you can pass to who can do something special with it.

The atmosphere at Anfield could make for a very different game. They have dropped points against only two teams this season, and on one of those occasions, they played the majority of the match with 10 men. The Belgian was disappointing against Tottenham and Arsenal - Liverpool last two big games - and will be under pressure to keep out an in-form City attack. For City, left-back Benjamin Mendy and forward Gabriel Jesus remain the only ones unavailable, their long-term issues meaning they will once again be absent. Defending champions Leeds 1969 would lose to the Everton that deposed them that same campaign, 19 years before an Everton who were themselves defending champions would claim a 1-0 riposte against a rampant Liverpool well on route to the league. Bristol City adopted a similar strategy in midweek and Lee Johnson's reward for being adventurous at the Etihad Stadium was forced errors out of Eliaquim Mangala and John Stones, which contributed to the Championship side's opening goal.

In your opinion, who will come out on top on Sunday?

Manchester City are also said to be interested, but Arsenal are favourites to complete the signing of the former Manchester United man. Is it a lack of concentration?

Palace also prospered by using Christian Benteke as a target man and bypassing City's pressing with direct balls. Is it simply a coincidence?

To get you in the mood, here's five previous high-scoring games between the sides. After all, Klopp's Liverpool used to overwhelm City with their speed.

Coutinho or not, Liverpool have a great recent record against City at Anfield, winning their last four meetings on Merseyside, and going undefeated since 2003. How has that transfer affected the rest of Jurgen Klopp's team?

Asked about City's Anfield curse, Guardiola said: "I don't believe in these kind of things, but of course the last time City won was 15 years ago, so it means a lot in terms of how hard and complicated it is to play there".

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