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  • November 27, 2011
  • • 16:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 45071
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Premier League Preview: Liverpool v Manchester City

Premier League Preview: Liverpool v Manchester City

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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL
 
Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Lucas, Adam
Maxi, Kuyt, Downing
Suarez
MANCHESTER CITY

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

The hosts are still without captain Steven Gerrard, but should otherwise be at full strength, 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.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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 leader Robin van Persie.
  • Manchester City have not won in their previous eight trips to Anfield, losing six and drawing two.
  • Nine of Liverpool's 11 league goals this season have come in the second half.
  • 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.
  • The Reds are unbeaten in seven league games, while City have not lost at all this season in Premier League action.
  • Kenny Dalglish's side 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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25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
11Dirk KuytStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
16Sebastián CoatesDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
34Martin KellyDefender
11Maxi RodríguezMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
9Andy CarrollStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
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Luis Suárez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
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0 0 0 0
Love him or loathe him, Suarez's undoubted ability 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
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
3 1 1 0
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 (€28m) already looks a bargain speak volumes for his talent.
Prediction
This looks set to be 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, Roberto Mancini is likely to adopt a slightly more defensive formation than usual, something akin to last year's overall style of play, and settle for a point.
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