Liverpool vs Manchester City. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more￼
Liverpool will host Manchester City in the English Premier League eleventh-tour match at the Anfield Stadium. The fixture will take place on October 16, beginning at 21:00 IST.
Liverpool have not lost to their most bitter and dangerous rivals for four games in a row, but this coming meeting could be City’s scathing answer to all their previous frustrations. The situation is so serious that Klopp is already preparing to deal with incoming failure – it will be very hard for his team to leave the field of battle with the shield, not on it. Or is Liverpool preparing something special for Pep Guardiola’s boys? As we can see, the Citizens have had a very hard time playing with the Reds of late.
Parimatchnews will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Liverpool News & Current Form:
The 3-2 defeat to Arsenal has forced Jurgen Klopp to admit the disappointing fact that Liverpool are no longer in contention for the English title. The Reds have made a dreadful start to the league campaign, picking up just 10 points from eight outings. The goal difference is 20-12. The loss to Arsenal was their second defeat of the season in the EPL. And the statistical indicators prove the Reds’ evident decline: take, for instance, xG 2.82 vs 0.77 from the last game. In other words, the Scousers could not even in theory produce 1 goal.
The only respite is the UEFA Champions League group stage, where the relatively low level of opponents allows Liverpool to keep their brand and register notable victories (the day before, it fell to Rangers – 7-1, earlier to the crisis-ridden Ajax).
The most productive players of Liverpool in the season: Roberto Firmino – 6 goals and 3 assists, Mohamed Salah – 4 goals and 3 assists, Luis Diaz – 4 goals and 2 assists.
Speaking of bad recent news, Luis Diaz will not help the team in the near future. The winger has a knee injury and his return is scheduled for 2023. Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones will miss the match due to health problems. No disqualified players. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip are both in question.
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Manchester City News & Current Form:
In contrast, Manchester City appear to be a beast of a different calibre. Pep Guardiola has managed to fit Erling Haaland perfectly into his set-up and now City simply do not know their ceiling, scattering opponents left and right. The Norwegian terminator is on fire, having already scored 20 goals in the first third of the season.
In the last match, they easily crushed Southampton 4-0 (xG 2.74 vs 0.10). In addition to the monstrous Norwegian, Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez also netted goals. The Englishman, by the way, is the team’s second top scorer – 7 goals and 5 assists, while Kevin De Bruyne is the team’s top assist with 1 goal and 11 assists.
Given City’s power, second place in the EPL is something of a temporary phenomenon. Sooner or later, Arsenal will slip up and their deficient squad depth will put a stick in their wheel.
At the moment, the Mancunians remain the only team that has never lost in the English league. On top of that, Guardiola has the best defence in terms of reliability and the most fearsome attack in the league. The next game should, at the very least, end any doubts about who is in contention for the title.
There are two players in the team’s sack. Defender Kyle Walker and midfielder Calvin Phillips are injured. There are no disqualified players.
Liverpool form guide: L-W-D-W-L-W
Manchester City form guide: W-W-W-W-W-D
Liverpool vs Manchester City Head-To-Head Record:
In the last 10 games of the league, MC have 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 defeats. The goal difference is 24-14.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Predicted XI:
Liverpool possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Gomez, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Jota.
Manchester City possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Akanji, Dias, Ake; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Foden, Haaland, Grealish.
Statistical preview of the match Liverpool vs Manchester City:
- Liverpool have not lost to Manchester City in 18 of their 19 home games.
- The teams have scored 3 or more goals in 8 of their 10 head-to-head matches at Liverpool.
- Liverpool have scored and conceded in 6 of the last 7 meetings between these teams in the Premier League.
- Erling Haaland has scored in seven consecutive EPL games.
- Liverpool are unbeaten at home in 25 EPL games.
- Manchester City are unbeaten in 36 of their last 37 games in the Premier League.
- The hosts have scored at least two goals in their 20 recent meetings.
- Manchester City have scored more than 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 8 games in the Premier League.
- Manchester City have not conceded in three consecutive away games.
- Liverpool have conceded in seven consecutive games between these teams in the Premier League.
- Manchester City have scored in 36 of their last 37 games in the Premier League.
What has been said before the match:
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool gaffer:
“Look, when you play City, results left and right are not really important because this game requires all your focus, requires all the things you know about football. It’s everything. I said it a couple of times, I enjoy preparing the game really but it’s anyway the biggest challenge you can face in football. Football is all about closing down spaces, closing down players, having challenges in the right areas, these kind of things. And with City, it’s always if you close them down here, then they are there and if you close that gap, you open up that gap – because the pitch is so big and we only have 10 players to close all the gap. So, always a challenge. What I want to say with that, it’s not that we now feel different or whatever. It’s a home game, it’s Anfield, it’s us against Man City. Yes, they are in the moment, definitely, the best football team in the world, that’s how it is, but we will give it a try anyway, knowing there are no guarantees. But we know we get help from a full Anfield and we try to use that.”
Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City gaffer:
“They always have been our main rivals, always it is, and will be. I know the quality they have, the character.”
“If I answered this question [who is their main rival] with five or 10 games left I’d say I think Liverpool cannot catch the top of the league – in this case Arsenal – but being in the position we are and with the World Cup still to come, everything can happen.”
“The opinion I have about this team does not change because of their situation in the table, not for one second. It always has been difficult in the years since we arrived together so it’s a tough game. The game will be dictated by what happens on the pitch, not because we are in front or behind.”
Liverpool vs Manchester City Prediction:
The Reds do not only lose Diaz, but also their main defenders – Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip – as well because of injuries. The absence of these two would weaken Liverpool’s defence, which is already far from being reliable, while City’ main strikers are all fit and healthy.
City have only scored fewer than three goals per game twice this season. Liverpool, on the other hand, have only scored in two games and conceded three goals in their last two games. The Reds are performing well in the Champions League but have won just twice in eight games in EPL. Man City, meanwhile, have not won just twice (in nine games) and have never lost.
Do Liverpool have a chance? Right now, even a draw for the Reds against City would be viewed as a sensation. Despite their performance in the Champions League, the team is clearly not ready to compete with the best clubs in Europe. Napoli and Arsenal, clearly more modest teams than Man City, have quietly dealt with Liverpool. And Guardiola will do so even more confidently.
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Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: Manchester City will not lose and the match total over 2.5 – Yes.