Manchester have already lost 5-2 at home to Leicester, drawn at Leeds and West Ham and are five points behind Liverpool in the title race. However, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed suggestions that City are any weaker this season. Liverpool have won five of their opening seven games in the Premier League, picking up a draw and a defeat in the other two games.
“I really don’t want to speak about us but it is obvious that it is not too easy to play against us but the challenge with City is always the way they play with the players they have so that makes it really tricky,” he said.
“There are other teams that are really good. If we were now to face Bayern Munich, they are in a pretty good moment for a while already and I wouldn’t say that is a Sunday afternoon walk in the park.
“It is just in England with all the quality of the other teams, massive quality, if you think about it, all the challenges in the game – what you have to be aware of and think about and what you have to do – it is City because they have a good plan, a clear plan and in each position a player who has the physicality and the technique to make a difference.
“They play a specific way, they are pretty dominant, but if they have to counter-attack they are pretty strong so they have speed and creativity and that is not so cool when the other team has that and make it pretty tricky.
“And that is why I said it, it is 100 per cent like this, I don’t think anybody else would see differently apart from a few journalists who always react on a moment, ‘ah, but in a moment they are this or that’.
“But actually they are in really good shape. If you don’t use all your chances that can cause you a problem results-wise but for me it is important that they had all these chances because that is what I have to think about and not if they finish them off or not because I know they will finish them off from a specific point.
“We just have to make sure it doesn’t happen on Sunday and they will not have that many.”
The Man City vs Liverpool predictions below have been provided by thepools.com.
The probability figures shown are based on how fans have been betting on the game.
A spokesperson said: “It’s the first truly genuine Super Sunday showdown of the season.
“And while five points separate leaders Liverpool from title rivals City, that could be down to two, with a game in hand, and bookies thepools.com give Pep Guardiola’s men a 50% chance of success.
“Liverpool were inspired in Italy in midweek but are given just a 29.4% chance of repeating that victory with the draw a 25% probability.
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“But the continued absence of Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho will surely be felt sooner rather than later.
“Diogo Jota has now scored in four successive matches and is given a 13% chance of scoring the first goal and a 35.7% possibility of scoring at any time in the match.
“Raheem Sterling scored his first goal in nine attempts against his former club in last season’s corresponding fixture and he is rated an 18% likelihood of scoring first and a 43.5% chance of scoring at any time in the match.”
The clash between City and Liverpool takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with kick-off at 4.30pm GMT.
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Man City vs Liverpool last five results (Premier League)
Man City 4-0 Liverpool
Liverpool 3-1 Man City
Man City 2-1 Liverpool
Liverpool 0-0 Man City
Liverpool 4-3 Man City
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