Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Man City vs Liverpool predictions and match preview

Man City vs Liverpool predictions and match preview

"It is a good challenge for us if we're going to reduce the gap".

Pep Guardiola, the City manager, bestowed that mantle on Liverpool following a run of nine consecutive Premier League victories.

Liverpool go into the clash having won three of the last four meetings between the sides but their last league trip to the Etihad ended in a 5-0 defeat last September.

Wijnaldum, in particular, has been one of the unsung heroes for Liverpool this season, often springing his way into the half spaces to ease up his side's transition game.

"I have a feeling everyone can beat us but also that we can beat everyone".

"Everybody can make a mistake but what he has done after it, in the same game, where he could feel bad and guilty for the team... his reaction was outstanding".

The importance of Fernandinho was highlighted by City suffering defeats in back-to-back matches which he missed, but he returned last time out and beats the likes of Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Fabinho to a place in midfield.

"We really kept the ball, we passed it and we prepared, we created and in the end, the final finish or the pass was not that good".

"We've avoided that, we've got a lot of points, we are fighting, but the opponents have been incredible".

Klopp was just as effusive about City, saying it would be "one of the most hard games you can play in the modern football world".

If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone, Sterling said.

"They are at the moment the best team in Europe, in the consistency, the way they control the details in their game".

I think this will be a game where the defensive nous of Laporte will be preferred at left back to Zinchenko but it will be important to offer cover with pace in the form of Sane as a marauding left winger. Although being invincible is still a pipe dream, Jurgen Klopp will hope to win the Premier League title without any mishaps. Who would have thought we would have three hard games in December?

"It's better to be that team than what we are right now", he said.

When Manchester City and Liverpool last met in the Premier League, a matchup usually bulging with goals failed to live up to its billing as the most entertaining in English soccer.

In the two years Liverpool have lost the league from Christmas, poor defences were the problem, but there is no such dilemma for Klopp. Pep's plan might work keeping in view the error from Alisson in the game against Leicester and their attackers urge to move forward behind the defenders.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson, however, disagrees, saying that anything but a City win would be the death knell for their title aspirations.

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