Liverpool vs Manchester City
Venue: Anfield Stadium
Kick off: 5PM
Liverpool will on Sunday (today) at Anfield aim at becoming the first team to beat the runaway Premier League leaders, Manchester City, in the top flight this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are unbeaten in their last 14 league games at home to City, will be looking for revenge after losing 5-0 at the Etihad in the reverse fixture in September.
However, the Reds will be playing their first match without Philippe Coutinho after the Brazil playmaker joined Barcelona for £146 million last weekend, although his departure will be offset by Virgil van Dijk’s league debut for the hosts.
The Netherlands international made his first appearance for Liverpool in last Friday’s FA Cup third-round win over rivals Everton at Anfield, with the centre-back scoring his new team’s late winner.
Klopp is further boosted by the return from injury of top scorer Mohamed Salah, who has recovered from a recent groin problem and will lead the line.
The visitors, meanwhile, head to Merseyside holding a massive 15-point lead over second-placed Manchester United in the table going into the weekend fixtures and looking to extend their current 30-match unbeaten run in the Premier League.
One player City boss Pep Guardiola will be hoping to fire his team to victory this weekend is striker Sergio Aguero, who has scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool than any other City player (six in 11 games).
However, the Argentine – who will start in attack in the absence of injured forward Gabriel Jesus – is yet to find the net in five league visits to Anfield.
City will be missing Brazil international Jesus, who is set to be out for the next two weeks with a knee ligament injury, while captain Vincent Kompany is absent with a calf strain.
Left-back Benjamin Mendy is still missing with a long-term knee injury.
Liverpool possible XI: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Manchester City possible XI: Morales, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Delph, Sterling, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva, Sane, Aguero.