Liverpool v Manchester City Betting Preview: Aguero fancied to break Anfield duck

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With Coutinho gone, Al Hain-Cole thinks the Reds' usually prolific attack may be out-gunned by Guardiola's team and their in-form Argentine

With Philippe Coutinho now gone, Liverpool will need their remaining attacking players to step up when Manchester City visit Anfield in Sunday’s Premier League clash.

The Brazil international scored 12 goals and assisted nine more in 18 starts before joining Barcelona, so is sure to be missed by Jurgen Klopp’s team.

However, his departure is made slightly less painful by the prolific form of new hero Mohamed Salah, who already has 23 goals to his name after just 27 matches in all competitions.

Salah to step up?

Having scored 16 times in his last 17 appearances, the Egypt international is his side’s 5/1 (6.00) favourite with Paddy Power to open the scoring, or a generous  8/5 (2.60) to strike anytime.

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Also in fine form with seven goals from his last eight starts, Roberto Firmino can be backed at 21/10 (3.10) to find the net for the third game against the Citizens.

The final remaining member of the so-called ‘Fab Four,’ Sadio Mane, is priced at 5/2 (3.50) to score a ninth goal of the campaign, while James Milner offers a 5/1 (6.00) long shot to get on the scoresheet for the third time against his former club.

Despite their embarrassment of attacking riches, the Reds may struggle to match the firepower lining up for Pep Guardiola’s outfit, who ran out 5-0 winners in September’s reverse encounter.

Aguero to steal the headlines

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Responsible for the opener in that game, Sergio Aguero is the 7/2 (4.50) favourite to break the deadlock once again here.

Having scored six times in 11 previous appearances against this opposition, odds of 10/11 (1.91) certainly appear generous for a player with four goals in his last four matches – taking his tally to 19 in 21 starts in all competitions this season.

Enjoying his most productive campaign ever with 18 goals already, Raheem Sterling also offers plenty of temptation at 15/8 (2.88) to come back to haunt his former club.

Meanwhile, Leroy Sane is on offer at 23/10 (3.30) to add to the two goals he scored against Liverpool last time out, while Kevin De Bruyne is a 10/3 (4.33) shot to hit the net for the second game in succession.

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