Liverpool v Man City preview: betting acca tips, team news and predictions
Liverpool will look to end a three-game winless run in the Premier League when they welcome reigning champions Manchester City to Anfield on Sunday at 4.30pm (UK time).
The Reds enter this weekend’s crunch clash having secured a confidence-boosting 7-1 win over Rangers on Wednesday night, with Mohamed Salah netting the fastest hat-trick in Champions League history. But domestically, they’ve flattered to deceive, and Jurgen Klopp is currently negotiating a growing casualty list.
Manchester City meanwhile are, naturally, riding the crest of an autumnal wave under Pep Guardiola. They’re unbeaten in all competitions (bar the Community Shield), have Erling Haaland firing on all cylinders and sit just a place below Arsenal in the title race. The form book points very favourably towards them.
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Liverpool v Man City betting acca tips
The Premier League is moving at a relentless pace, owing largely to the schedule-disrupting winter World Cup, but it certainly aligns with the turbo-charged tempo of the competition. This weekend represents another matchday of potential classics.
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Liverpool team news
Klopp has a bit of a managerial headache at the minute with a number of first-team players currently occupying the treatment tables. Luis Diaz has been ruled out until the post-World Cup schedule after sustaining a knee injury in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Arsenal. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip were further casualties from that match at the Emirates and are set to miss a fortnight’s worth of action with an ankle and calf injury respectively.
That trio join the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Arthur on the sidelines, but Klopp would have been delighted to welcome back Andy Robertson in midweek at Ibrox, with the left-back enjoying a 22-minute cameo in Glasgow following a month out of action. Curtis Jones has also returned to training recently and will be expected to make the matchday squad on Sunday to strengthen Klopp’s midfield options.
Of course, the major concern in the physio room is Diaz. The Colombian winger just gives Klopp that little bit of unpredictability, creative panache and skill that elevates his attack to a new dimension. His absence will be sorely missed. But the emergence of Roberto Firmino as a reliable goal-getter will certainly offset the qualities that will be lost through Diaz’s time away from the field.
Often considered the ‘selfless striker’ in Klopp’s three-pronged attack, Firmino has emerged from the shadows this campaign to become a bit of a goal fiend. The Brazilian is Liverpool’s joint-top scorer this season in all competitions (eight), while his six goals in the Premier League puts him behind only Erling Haaland (15) and Harry Kane (eight) in the Golden Boot race, despite playing considerably fewer minutes.
Firmino now only one goal behind Haaland in October
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) October 12, 2022
In fact, only Haaland (42) boasts fewer minutes per goal or assist in the Premier League this season than Firmino (52); while the Brazilian (1.15) is also the only player alongside his Norwegian counterpart (1.79) to register over one goal per 90 minutes (min. 270 mins). It was supposed to be Haaland vs Darwin before a ball was kicked this season. But, Firmino is now looking like his closest challenger.
Salah will also be itching to get at City’s defence after Wednesday’s record-breaking hat-trick. The Egyptian has scored in four of his five Premier League home games against City for the Reds, including in each of the last three in a row. Only Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has bagged in four consecutive Premier League home games against City, so Salah could reach another milestone this weekend (albeit a joint one).
Man City team news
Pep Guardiola kept Haaland on ice against Copenhagen in midweek, so he will be ready to unleash his attacking juggernaut on Merseyside. Sergio Gomez picked up a red card in Denmark, but that won’t affect the domestic scene, so the Spaniard may retain his place with Kyle Walker currently out injured. City’s only other major concerns are to John Stones and Kalvin Phillips, so Guardiola has the luxury of selection on Sunday.
Scoreline prediction: Liverpool 1-3 Man City
While these two sides were fairly evenly matched last season, the gulf in class so far this year has many believing Man City will blow Liverpool away at Anfield. One man with a very bold prediction is former Premier League striker Chris Sutton, who believes Liverpool are on their way to a “walloping”.
“It is hard to make a case for Liverpool still being in the title race anyway, but if City go to Anfield and win then it really is all over for Jurgen Klopp’s side; they would have no chance,” Sutton said in his BBC column, predicting a 4-1 Man City win.
“City will know that, and they know they could land a knockout blow. Erling Haaland was rested in midweek so he will be ready – and I think City are that good, they will wipe the floor with them.
“Liverpool’s high line has been causing them problems anyway – Rangers were able to get at them in the first half on Wednesday – so they would have to be very brave to try that against Haaland.
“They might still create opportunities, because of the way City are set up, but when you look at both teams, City are just too good. Pep Guardiola’s side scored four at Anfield in February 2021, and I think they will match that. I almost went for them to get five, which City last managed there in 1937, but either way this will be a walloping.”
Should that happen, as well as our own predicted Man City victory, Virgil van Dijk could see a long-standing run come to an end. Since signing for Liverpool in January 2018, Van Dijk still hasn’t lost a Premier League match at Anfield. In 68 matches with Van Dijk on the pitch at Anfield, Liverpool have won 57 and drawn 11, the most home games for a single club without ever losing in the competition’s history.