Liverpool host Manchester City in marquee clash as English Premier League returns

  • Liverpool host Manchester City in marquee clash as English Premier League returns

Liverpool host Manchester City in marquee clash as English Premier League returns

However, it is not just in attack where Liverpool are sure to cause City problems on Sunday, but crucially they will also be stronger at the back after the recent £75m signing of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

Klopp will surely have learnt something from Bristol City's heroic, attacking performance on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup, only going down 2-1 after a victor from sub Sergio Aguero deep into stoppage time.

Player of the Year picked up a groin injury late on in that game and has since missed the win at Burnley on New Year's Day and the subsequent victory over Everton in the FA Cup third round.

The sides who have most troubled Manchester City this season are those who have sat deep and conceded possession to Pep Guardiola's slick Premier League leaders. "It could have been different, every game is completely different". He also scored the opening goal the last time these two sides faced each other. "I played with N'Golo for a season and there was not really a game I didn't enjoy playing next to him".

"I think Vincent is not ready", Guardiola confirmed.

Obviously there is no Philippe Coutinho after he secured his move to Barcelona this week so Sadio Mane is likely to keep his place on the opposite flank.

Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus are known absentees due to knee injuries.

City could name what has become their strongest possible line-up at Anfield.

Manchester City have not won at Anfield since 2003, a run of 16 matches in all competitions. City have triumphed against Liverpool just once in the past six meetings in the league, a demolition in their last encounter. Our target is to do better than last season, a better performance.

Asked about City's Anfield curse, Guardiola said: "I don't believe in these kind of things, but of course the last time City won was 15 years ago, so it means a lot in terms of how hard and complicated it is to play there".

It will likely be a high-octane, intense game of football, with goals and chances galore, and it will be nearly impossible to separate the two teams once the 90 minutes are up.