Liverpool vs Manchester City preview

By Ric Turner, Tue 01 March 2016 15:38

Liverpool vs Manchester City previewToure an injury doubt, but Pellegrini confirms that Sterling will start

Liverpool vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 8.00pm, Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool

Referee: Martin Atkinson Assistants: M Mullarkey, S Child Fourth Official: C Pawson

Odds: Liverpool 17/10, Draw 5/2, City 15/8

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport


Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Squad (from): Bogdan, Mignolet, Caulker, Clyne, Jose Enrique, Flanagan, Ilori, Moreno, Sakho, Toure, Allen, Can, Coutinho, Henderson, Ibe, Lallana, Lucas, Milner, Teixeira, Benteke, Firmino, Origi, Sturridge.

Injured: Stewart, Rossiter, Ings, Gomez

Doubtful: Sakho, Lucas, Lovren, Skrtel

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDLWLD

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Fernando, M Garcia, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Bony, Iheanacho

Injured: Nasri, De Bruyne, Delph

Doubtful: Toure

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLWDWD

Yaya Toure is an injury doubt for City, after suffering a knock to his foot during the Capital One Cup final. Samir Nasri, Kevin De Bruyne and Fabian Delph remain long term absentees. Raheem Sterling, booed throughout by the Liverpool fans, will definitely start however, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini.

"He’s a young man, a young player starting his career, but he knows how to deal with pressure.

"He’ll receive the same treatment tomorrow as he did at the weekend, but I’m sure he can play without a problem, and he’ll be a very important player, as he was in last game."

Pellegrini added: "I don’t have any doubts about him, it’s important for him to play under pressure, that’s what big players do.

"I have 100 per cent trust in Raheem. He will play tomorrow and he’ll be important.

"I think in the way he played the other day he demonstrated - maybe he missed a goal - he worked, was always concentrated, and he was difficult for Nathaniel Clyne one one.”

City's last away league game at Anfield ended in a 2-1 defeat, with Edin Dzeko getting City's only goal. Overall City have won 45 of the 173 games played against Liverpool, with 44 draws and 84 defeats.

Prediction: Liverpool 1 City 1