Manchester City vs Liverpool preview: Ruben Dias misses out again through injury

By Ric Turner, Sat 09 April 2022 13:48

Manchester City vs Liverpool preview: Ruben Dias misses out again through injuryPep 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

Manchester City

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

Injured: Dias

Doubtful: Palmer

Suspended: Mendy

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

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

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