Pep Guardiola says two teams have pushed each other to continually improve
Manchester City vs Liverpool
Competition: F.A. Premier League
Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 10th April 2022
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: G Beswick, A Nunn Fourth Official: A Marriner VAR: P Tierney
Odds: City 11/10, Draw 5/2, Liverpool 13/5
Tickets: Sold out
TV: Sky Sports
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, McAtee, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez
Form guide: DDWWW
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
Squad (from): Alisson, Adrian, Kelleher, van Dijk, Konate, Gomez, Tsimikas, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Thiago, Milner, Keita, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Elliott, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Minamino, Jota, Diaz, Origi
Form guide: WWWWW
Ruben Dias is City's only injury absentee ahead of the top of the table clash with Liverpool at The Etihad, whilst the visitors reported a clean bill health.
Manager Pep Guardiola was effusive in his praise of his opposite number in Friday's press conference, and believes that Jurgen Klopp's team have pushed City to raise their game.
“When you achieve 100 points and after 98 points, you need someone to push you from behind to make you realise they are there and they are close.
“You have to make another step, that’s for sure. I don’t know what Liverpool is going to do but knowing the club and our chairman and CEO we want to grow and I am pretty sure we want to be there more years.
“I am pretty sure Liverpool and other teams are going to try and do it [as well].
“[For] both teams the most credit I give is the consistency through the years for many years. It is not winning one Premier League.
“It has been five years every three days. That is what I am proud of most.”
City drew their last home game against Liverpool 1-1, with Gabriel Jesus netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 50 of the 188 games played against the Merseysiders, with 48 draws and 90 defeats.
Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, Bernardo, De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling
Score prediction: City 1 Liverpool 1