Liverpool vs Manchester City preview

By Ric Turner, Sat 28 February 2015 11:41

Liverpool vs Manchester City previewPellegrini has fully fit squad for first time this season

Liverpool vs Manchester City

Date: 12.00pm, Sunday 1st March 2015

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool

Referee: Mark Clattenburg Assistants: S Beck, S Burt Fourth Official: K Friend

Odds: Liverpool 2/1, Draw 5/2, Manchester City 11/8

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports 1


Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Squad (from): Jones, Mignolet, Ward, Johnson, Lovren, Manquillo, Moreno, Sakho, Skrtel, Toure, Allen, Can, Coutinho, Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana, Markovic, Balotelli, Borini, Ibe, Lambert, Sterling, Sturridge.

Injured: Lucas, Flanagan

Doubtful: Johnson, Henderson, Sakho, Gerrard

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDWWW

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Boyata, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Fernando, Lampard, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Bony, Dzeko, Jovetic.

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDDLD

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that City have no injury concerns, meaning that the manager has his entire squad available for the first time this season.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have doubts over a number of players and have had less time to prepare for the game, after being knocked out of the Europa League by Besiktas on Thursday evening.

"I think that of course it is an advantage," said Pellegrini. "Not a decisive one because I always think the decisive thing is the performance on the day of the game.

"If we think we are going to win that game because Liverpool arrive yesterday night late, that is not the reason.

"We must play very good because they also have a strong squad. I don’t think they will play the same starting 11 as yesterday night."

City's last away game at Anfield ended in a 3-2 defeat, with David Silva scoring for City and a Glen Johnson own goal. Overall City have won 44 of the 170 games played against Liverpool, with 44 draws and 82 defeats.

Prediction: Liverpool 1 Manchester City 1