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Premier League

  • 27 November 2011
  • • 16:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 45071

Liverpool - Manchester City Preview: League leaders aiming to replace European hangover with first win in nine Anfield visits

Liverpool - Manchester City Preview: League leaders aiming to replace European hangover with first win in nine Anfield visits

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Reds face a difficult challenge in containing this season's table-toppers, but will take heart from the midweek result in Naples that showed Roberto Mancini's team are beatable


Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Lucas, Adam
Maxi, Kuyt, Downing

Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov
Milner, Barry, Toure Yaya
Silva, Dzeko, Aguero

The hosts are still without captain Steven Gerrard, but should be at full strength otherwise. And after their game at Chelsea, don't bank on Kenny Dalglish making too many changes for another game against strong opponents.

Manchester City have the task of facing a Liverpool side that is not only in good form, but probably refreshed following a week of rest after last week's win at Chelsea.

There aren't any new injury worries for City though, so it will likely be a case of shuffling the pack for manager Roberto Mancini after their midweek defeat to Napoli. Owen Hargreaves is the only player absent through injury, and Carlos Tevez continues his dispute with the club so will be unavailable.

  • Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero (pictured right) are tied for second place in the Premier League scoring charts this season on 10 each, three behind the leader Robin van Persie on 13.
  • Manchester City have not won on their previous eight trips to Anfield, losing six and drawing twice.
  • Nine of Liverpool's 11 league goals this season have come in the second half.
  • Manchester City have scored 42 goals in their first 12 games this season, more than any side for 48 years at this stage of the season.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in seven league games, while City have not lost at all this season in Premier League action.
  • Liverpool are currently in sixth place on 22 points, the same as Chelsea and Arsenal - some 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.

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Players to watch

L. Suárez

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Love him or loathe him, Suarez has an undoubted ability that makes him one of the top strikers in the Premier League. His ability to annoy defenders and twist them inside out makes him a fascinating watch for the neutral, and the pressure will be on him to deliver against some top quality opponents.

David Silva

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The playmaker has been arguably the standout performer in the Premier League this season, with his passing and ability to get out of tight spots with brilliant moments of skill making sure that he is a fan favourite in one half of Manchester. The fact that his transfer fee of £24 million already looks a bargain speak volumes for his talent.

Editor's Prediction

I can see this being a really tight encounter. Liverpool don't give too much away at Anfield, and with the crowd behind them it can be a very intimidating place to play.

After the Champions League defeat to Napoli, I think Roberto Mancini will adopt a slightly more defensive formation than usual, something akin to last year's overall style of play, and settle for a point.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head


Manchester City


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
Manchester City FC MCI
Manchester City FC Manchester City

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
9 - 0
Manchester City FC MCI
Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 1
Manchester City FC MCI
Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 0
Manchester City FC MCI