Sunday represents the most important day of this Premier League season so far.
Liverpool, who have dropped just two points all season, host Manchester City, the side whom they are six points clear of. A win would give Liverpool a mammoth nine-point lead over their rivals and would see them be at least eight points clear of their rivals by the end of the weekend.
The Reds made a huge statement last time out with their dramatic late win against Aston Villa. Despite being subpar for most of the game, Sadio Mane’s 95th-minute winner gave Klopp and his side a vital victory.
If Man City win, then the title race is well and truly on. Their comeback win over Southampton was somewhat less impressive than Liverpool’s but the fact that they are showing similar levels of resolve will encourage Pep Guardiola.
Read on for Liverpool vs Manchester City preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Liverpool vs Manchester City and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Kick-off: 4:30 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event
Most points (100)
Most home points (55)
Most away points (50)
Most wins (32)
Most away wins (16)
Most home wins (18)
Most goals scored (106)
Fewest goals conceded (15)
Fewest defeats (0)
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 10, 2019
Last five meetings: Liverpool vs Manchester City
04 August 2019: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City (City win 5-4 on pens) (Community Shield)
03 January 2019: Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool (Premier League)
07 October 2018: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City (Premier League)
10 April 2018: Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool (Champions League)
04 April 2018: Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City (Champions League)
Aggregate Score: Liverpool (LLDWW) 7-4 Manchester City (WWDLL)
Ones to watch
Liverpool: Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane has found a new level to his game.
His dramatic late winner at Villa Park summed up what has been an excellent season thus far, with six goals and four assists barely scratching the surface. His winner on Saturday and his role in the penalty against Leicester could prove vital at the end of the season.
His penalty box antics have led to Guardiola accusing the Senegal international of “diving“, an uncharacteristic jibe which perhaps suggests that Mane is at the forefront of the City manager’s mind. Don’t be surprised to see him be a central figure at Anfield on Sunday.
Key stat: Mane’s goals have won Liverpool eight points already this season.
Manchester City: Claudio Bravo
The last thing that Manchester City needed was yet another injury. This one, to goalkeeper Ederson, is arguably the most important of the lot.
Claudio Bravo replaced Ederson in the week and was sent off with less than a half under his belt. The thought of the Chilean being in goal may excite Liverpool fans – after all, we’ve all seen that he has a mistake in him. However, the Reds should remember that it was Bravo’s man of the match display which won City the Community Shield in August. His distribution and eagerness to play out from the back suits Guardiola perfectly.
This is undoubtedly the biggest game of his City career thus far.
Key stat: Of the last 40 shots on target that Bravo has faced in the Premier League, he’s only saved 19 and conceded a goal with 21 of them. The Opta expected goals on target tally for these 40 shots was just 12.6.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 10, 2019
How we’re lining-up at Anfield 💪
Bravo, Walker, Stones, Fernandinho (C), Angelino, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero
Subs | Carson, Jesus, Silva, Mahrez, Cancelo, Otamendi, Foden
— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 10, 2019
Both sides know how massive a win would be, but also know that a loss would be hugely detrimental. Liverpool are far more likely to go for broke than City: despite it only being November, a win would see them with one hand on the trophy already. Guardiola and his side cannot lose. Expect a cagey affair.
Scoreline prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City