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Liverpool still an exceptional team – Pep

Manchester City host Liverpool in Saturday’s early Premier League kick off as they hope to close the gap on current leaders Arsenal.

The gap between Pep Guardiola’s side and the Gunners is eight points though City have a game in hand and Arsenal do not play until this afternoon. The reigning champions can therefore pile some pressure on Mikel Arteta’s team if they manage to defeat Liverpool.

An indifferent season for the Reds has seen them knocked out of every cup competition and leaves them with an uphill battle to finish in the Champions League qualification places. Liverpool are currently sixth in the table and seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with two games in hand. Victory for Jurgen Klopp’s men today would be a strong statement of their desire to finish the season well and would increase the pressure on top four rivals Tottenham and Newcastle.

Both managers are also dealing with injuries to key personnel. Guardiola will be worried about in form striker Erling Haaland as well as Phil Foden who left the England squad following surgery to remove his appendix. Klopp meanwhile is without midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajcetic but Darwin Nunez should be fit to feature.

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Man City vs Liverpool line-ups

Man City XI: Ederson, Stones, Akanji, Dias, Ake, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Grealish, Alvarez

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Elliott, Jota, Salah, Gakpo

Michael Jones1 April 2023 11:31


Man City vs Liverpool

The fans are starting to arrive at the Etihad Stadium ahead of today’s 12.30pm kick off. Team news is expected shortly and we’ll see if Erling Haaland is fit to start for Manchester City.



Michael Jones1 April 2023 11:25


Rodri on City’s rivalry with Liverpool

Since Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp took over their respective clubs there has been a nice rivalry built up between Manchester City and Liverpool.

The games are always intense and neither side dominates the other. Though Liverpool are not fighting for the title this season they will still want to defeat City and will pose a big threat for the reigning champions this afternoon.

“The rivalry is always there, no matter what the situation is of each team. It has always been a big rivalry in the last few years,” said City midfielder Rodri, “I think it is going to be one of the toughest games of the season.

“We need to show the best version of ourselves again because we are in the situation where we must win every game. It is going to be a final.

“My first game for City was against Liverpool in the Community Shield which we won. Of course, that year they won the Premier League, then we won it the next few years. They have an unbelievable team.

“We are always fighting against them and have had lots of big games at the Etihad and Anfield. There are lots of memories in the last few years.”

Michael Jones1 April 2023 11:20


Liverpool summer renewal looms large even as Jurgen Klopp looks to end ‘inconsistency’

Liverpool are to blame. It was Jurgen Klopp’s conclusion and his confession. “We are 100 per cent guilty for everything,” said the German and if, not for the first time, there was an element of exaggeration to an emphatic statement, he was not trying to dodge responsibility for a slide that has surprised him in its scale.

Over four seasons, Liverpool and Manchester City had set standards that had never been maintained for so long in the English game before. They were separated by a solitary point – 358-357, with Pep Guardiola taking one more than Klopp – and fought a fierce rivalry from parallel positions. Not now: while Liverpool are looking for a third victory over City this season when they visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, they kick off 19 points behind them, 27 adrift of Arsenal.

Gargantuan gulfs could stand at 22 and 30 respectively by 5pm. “An anomaly, yeah,” Klopp said. “I would prefer it would be 12 points then we were still in the Champions League spot, but it would still be 12 points to City.” Now Liverpool begin an eight-day period when they face City, Chelsea and Arsenal. “It is like a Champions League week,” Klopp said. Get too few points, however, and they could be out of the reckoning for next season’s Champions League.

Michael Jones1 April 2023 11:15


Jurgen Klopp on facing Manchester City

As part of his pre-match press duties the Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, previewed what he called a super-important game against Manchester City.

“Yeah, super-important game, that’s the one thing that’s not different to all the other years because obviously for us super-important, for City super-important,” he said.

“So, apart from that, I’m not sure in the moment, I don’t think you could now say it’s nicer to fight for the title or whatever, in the moment it’s just about [that] we have to win football games. And you get usually what you deserve if you work hard enough – and that’s what we try.

“But we know it’s a massive game, a massive week coming up. But for tomorrow obviously they deserve all the attention, we should not think about the other games. That’s how we approach it.

“The boys are now back; some of them trained today the first time, that’s how it is with international duties but it’s no different to City’s situation, for them it’s the same.

“So we will see. It’s clear, against City you have to be on top of your game. You have to defend on a super-high level and you have to play football as well.

“That’s normal, completely normal; with the kind of dominance they can show, it’s really difficult not to forget that in your spells you have to play football as well and that’s what we in the good games always did. That’s it.”

Michael Jones1 April 2023 11:10


Experience doesn’t count for anything says Guardiola

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, says that having experience of winning close run title races counts for nothing as his team look to chase down Premier League leaders Arsenal this season.

“The past is the past, experience doesn’t count,” he said in the build-up to today’s crucial encounter with Liverpool,

“I hear sometimes players or managers say ‘I don’t have to show anything or demonstrate anything because of what I have done in the past’. It’s the most awful sentence.

“You have to prove it every single day, again and again and again. The past is the past.

“For the memories when you are a grandfather it’s nice but the reality, the people tomorrow will come to the Etihad Stadium and they won’t think about what we have done in the past.

“You have to [do it] again and again. Otherwise you have to retire. I never play a game thinking because of my experience in the past I am going to win this game.

“I think in football, what you have done yesterday doesn’t count for tomorrow.”

Michael Jones1 April 2023 11:05


Man City vs Liverpool

Liverpool are vying to complete a Premier League double against Manchester City for the third time, having done so in 2005/06 and 2015/16.

The Reds are 19 points behind their opponents in the table – the most they have trailed City immediately before facing them in a Premier League fixture.

Michael Jones1 April 2023 11:00


Liverpool suffer triple injury blow ahead of Man City clash

Winger Diaz, who has been out since October with a knee injury, is back in training but not yet ready to make his comeback while midfielder Thiago is still sidelined by a hip problem.

Keita, who has had an injury-hit season, is out again but forward Nunez is recovering after being hurt in Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid and missing Uruguay’s March internationals against South Korea and Japan.

Michael Jones1 April 2023 10:55


Erling Haaland faces late fitness test ahead of Liverpool clash

The prolific striker withdrew from Norway’s recent Euro 2024 qualifiers after suffering a groin injury in City’s FA Cup victory over Burnley a fortnight ago.

Haaland, who has scored 42 goals in all competitions this season, will be assessed after City’s final training session ahead of the lunchtime encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

Manager Pep Guardiola said at a press conference on Friday: “Erling is recovering. We’ll see this afternoon. The last training is at 4pm and we will see how he feels.”

Michael Jones1 April 2023 10:50


Man City vs Liverpool prediction

Despite how close these two sides have been over the last few years Liverpool have fallen off the boil this season. Pep Guardiola’s men are in the hunt to regain their title and with home advantage will be favourites to win this afternoon.

Manchester City should keep up their title chase with a strong win.

Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool

Michael Jones1 April 2023 10:45

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