|A potential title decider at Anfield on Sunday with City trying to rise from the loss to PSG in midweek and Liverpool aiming to stop back to back home loss to City in successive years. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Liverpool vs Manchester CityAnfield4:30pm
It’s red against Blue again, Merseyside against Manchester, two contenders for the holy grail, one to retain the precious crown while the other, out for vengeance, to reclaim what was lost, where all is fair in love and war, tears blood and sweat on a day they pay tribute to Gavin Hunt, let it rain at Anfield.
Chelsea are top of the table but a win by either side on Sunday will see a change at the summit, Manchester United failed to pounce, the baton is passed to these two teams that have shared the last four titles between them to take their chance.
The premier league is probably at the hardest this season with so many teams showing interests, but these two should be at the fore front of it all, they will entertain and mesmerize, whoever wins this one will hold the early advantage.
By the end of this fixture, Manchester City would have played Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal, and they would only have played seven games, to cap it off, three of those were away from home, early advantage?
Liverpool continue to impress despite not replacing Gini Wijnaldum in the summer, for how long will their legs be able to carry them? They have survived Chelsea at Anfield albeit with a point to show, they labored in vain against the Bees last weekend especially if they saw the point as a loss, they have to pick up from their midweek magic away at Porto and deliver something close to title winning idea on Sunday.
The champions are known for weird rotations, no recognized striker in the squad especially after Gabriel Jesus explained he likes to drift to the wide, leaving Pep Guardiola with no choice than to continue his false nine philosophy.
Manchester City were deflated in Europe in midweek with a 2-0 loss to a Lionel Messi inspired PSG, a fixture that probably gave an idea of where the champions league trophy would swing this season, two teams that will do anything to land it went head to head and the score line just didn’t tell the whole story.
How will they line up at Anfield? Liverpool will be able to call on Fabinho and Naby Keita in the middle of the park, there’s no Trent Alexander Arnold so James Milner might be the man on duty but we expect Jurgen Klopp to stick with Diogo Jota upfront in place of Roberto Firminho.
The Champions can’t seem to keep Jack Grealish out of their first XI so expect him to start, Kevin De Bruyne will be instrumental as well but will Guardiola go for possession and industry in Bernardo Silva or trickery and pace in Phil Foden?
We can’t say for sure that the winner of this fixture will be the league champions come May as Chelsea are firmly in the race, but a win for either side will be an advantage that the loser will sweat to wipe out later. It will be fun at Anfield on Sunday.