Liverpool v Manchester City

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

I think we hit it off from the first game and after that we did not really lose.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, who have been cutting a swath through the Premier League and ran away with the league title before the champagne was even popped to end 2017, will be looking to keep their stunning, season-long unbeaten streak. I thought they just posted pictures of their fancy vacations on Instagram.

Man City fielded a strong team for a 4-1 win against Burnley in the FA Cup third round on Saturday and it is never easy to second-guess Guardiola's lineups.

"This season at Stamford Bridge we were able to do that but still we have to go to Anfield, to Emirates and against Tottenham".

But, if you could select from Liverpool and Manchester City's squads, would all three be in your combined starting XI?

"It's interesting to play against City".

A Liverpool upset over Manchester City could give the other teams in the Top 5 a chance to put a dent in City's seemingly insurmountable lead for this year's championship.

France's forward Thomas Lemar celebrates his goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match vs the Netherlands
Liverpool v Manchester City

The Catalan has been a dominant force in the English top-flight this season, with his team sweeping aside all before them.

Man City has failed to score just once at home all season and that was against another second-tier team in Wolverhampton Wanderers, who took Pep Guardiola's side to penalties following a 0-0 draw after extra time.

The absence of the Brazil playmaker at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, however, does not mean Liverpool can not become the first team to beat City in the league this season, according to Henry.

Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah is set to return from injury and he and Sadio Mane are likely to play either side of striker Roberto Firmino.

"It's in the back of your mind because you want to be on that plane", he said. Klopp sees him as the high-pressing, ball-recycling lynch pin to a successful midfield. As a centre back, you see every single thing and sometimes talking and communicating can stop a counter.

Guardiola said: "When we play Basel in the Champions League, he could be ready". That's all we need.

Nicholas says Liverpool are holding out for too much money considering Sturridge's history of long-term injuries but admits he would still be amazed if the player doesn't leave Anfield in some capacity.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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