|Will Erling Haaland prove too much to handle for the out-of-form Virgil Van Dijk in their premier league encounter on Sunday? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Liverpool vs Manchester CityAnfield4:30pm
Liverpool looks a lot like a troubled side right now and their midweek annihilation of hapless Rangers doesn’t seem to have papered the cracks.
Liverpool lost at Arsenal last weekend and it was a game they didn’t deserve much from as the Gunners ran them ragged throughout the game. The Kops currently sit fourteen points off the top of the log and they’re slipping far off the top four race.
Manchester City remains the title favorite and is expected to usurp Arsenal sooner rather than later. Not a single pundit out there thinks Liverpool stands a chance even when the game is being played at Anfield and you can expect City to live up to the hype.
Manchester City suffered a shock setback in Europe in midweek, playing out a goalless draw at Copenhagen following the sending off of Sergio Gomes. City remains on top of their group in Europe and a win in their next game guarantees they end up as group winners.
Mohammed Salah has been a shadow of himself since signing a new deal in the summer, leaving questions about the importance of Sadio Mane to the team after the Senegalese left the club to join German champions Bayern in the summer.
Liverpool’s injury woes continue to grow and as it stands, the quartet of Trent Alexander Arnold, Luis Diaz, Thiago Alcantara, and Joel Matip are all out of the game against the champions. Andy Robertson is in the squad and fit to play.
The Cityzens will line up to win, expect quick-fire pressure from the start. Liverpool has always started slowly and they have now conceded the first goal in seven of their last eight games. How do they plan to stop Erling Haaland?
Darwin Nunez needs to step up and be counted, he scored at the Emirates but couldn’t help his team avoid defeat. The fitness of Diogo Jota could be key and Jordan Henderson is still under investigation for racism against Arsenal’s Gabriel.
City are unbeaten in five games against Liverpool, they will be the team to watch and Phil Foden, if he starts will be the man to pay attention to for the champions. It will be a long afternoon for the former champions on Sunday.