Manchester City vs Liverpool preview: Blues look to bounce back from Monaco defeat

By Ric Turner, Fri 17 March 2017 16:11


Manchester City vs Liverpool preview: Blues look to bounce back from Monaco defeatVincent Kompany unlikely to be involved as battle for top four hots up

Manchester City vs Liverpool

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 19th March 2017

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Burt, S Child Fourth Official: C Pawson

Odds: City Evens, Draw 11/4, Liverpool 14/5

Tickets: See Football Ticket Pad

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Caballero, Gunn, Adarabioyo, Clichy, Kolarov, Kompany, Otamendi, Sagna, Stones, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Fernando, Garcia, Navas, Nolito, Sane, Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Iheanacho

Injured: Jesus, Gundogan

Doubtful: Kompany

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWDWL

Liverpool

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Squad (from): Mignolet, Karius, Clyne, Lovren, Moreno, Gomez, Klavan, Matip, Milner, Coutinho, Lallana, Lucas, Can, Firmino, Origi, Mane, Wijnaldum, Stewart, Randall, Ojo, Woodburn

Injured: Sturridge, Henderson, Ings

Doubtful: Firmino

Suspended: None

Form guide: DLWLWW

Vincent Kompany is unlikely to be involved, having been left out of the squad to face Monaco in midweek. The Belgian international is thought to be close to a return to action, but Pep Guardiola is reluctant to take any unnecessary risks.

Guardiola, meanwhile, is wary of the threat posed by a Liverpool side managed by his old adversary Jurgen Klopp, but doesn't believe their impressive record against other top-six teams will be a factor on Sunday:

“In terms of the results until now, yes [they are a threat against the best sides],” he said. “But it’s a new game and anything can happen.

“Klopp is a top coach. It’s an attacking side. Win the ball and attack. He likes to attack in four, five, six seconds all the time.

“Teams when they attack you feel comfortable and when they defend deep sometimes they have more problems. It’s a top team.

“He’s a top trainer. I respect a lot. Huge talented players, English players and foreign players. I think it’s a really good team.

“A good test against one of the best teams in the Premier League. Tough game.”

City's last home game against Liverpool ended in a 4-1 defeat, with Sergio Aguero getting City's consolation. Overall City have won 45 of the 175 games played against Liverpool, with 44 draws and 86 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Caballero, Zabaleta, Stones, Kolarov, Clichy, Toure, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Score prediction: City 2 Liverpool 2

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