Again, EPL 20/21 title run will be heat up by another big clash between Liverpool vs Manchester city on Sunday. So far, Pep Guardiola’s city has managed to climb up to the top of table while their rival Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool is struggling in recent times.
Matchday time: Sunday 7th February, 2021 – 16:30 (UK)
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool team news:
PREDICTED XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Davies, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri; Salah, Firmino, Mane
UNAVAILABLE: Van Dijk (Injured), Gomez (Injured), Matip (Injured), Keita (Injured), Jota (Injured)
QUESTIONABLE: Alisson (Illness), Mane (Injured), Fabinho (Injured)
After 68 games unbeaten run at home, Liverpool has conceded two home defeat against double B (Burnley and Brighton). In between this, they had a boring 0-0 draw against Manchester United last week.
The Reds are now 7 points short of rival City. Liverpool has played one extra game than City. So, it will be really tough for them to chase City if they can’t manage to earn any point from tomorrow’s Anfield battle.
In fact, Liverpool has a strong record against Man City at Anfield in Premier League. They didn’t lose to City at Anfield in Premier League since 2003.
This could be a glimpse of hope for the Reds, but they can’t rely on such records with their recent form. Especially, their performance in the mid field is not looking good in recent times.
Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp has to do a lot of work with his defence as well. Otherwise they will be out of the race for League title with half of the season spare.
Manchester City team news
PREDICTED XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; Rodri, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Sterling, Jesus, Foden
UNAVAILABLE: Ake (Injured), De Bruyne (Injured), Aguero (Fitness)
Manchester City were not at their best in the early phase of this season. But Pep Guardiola’s new tactics works out for them magnificently in recent times.
Man City is now focusing on the ball possession in mid field rather than a high pressing to opponent’s box. However, their defence is backing up their mid field quite strongly in last few months.
This combined tactics earn some valuable points without conceding too many goals. This is obvious that they didn’t let any opportunity to climbe the point table while their rivals were facing hard time in last few weeks.
Hopefully, this time, City will try their best to break their point drought at Anfield. Their recent form and opponent’s drowning form will hepl them a lot to do so.