Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield with both sides still undefeated in the Premier League.
It’s the latest meeting between two unbeaten sides since 2011 when City welcomed a Newcastle side that hadn’t lost in 14 – the Etihad Stadium was where the Magpies’ run ended.
Despite both sides having stellar league records (P7, W6, D1, L0), cracks have been found.
City were beaten at home by Lyon in the Champions League and had to rally against Hoffenheim on Tuesday to win out 2-1.
Liverpool have even more to concern themselves over. In the space of seven days they’ve been knocked out of the League Cup, dropped their first points in the league, and lost away to Napoli.
All of the above being considered, Liverpool have a 100 per cent league record at Anfield with zero goals conceded. Added to that, they have a stand out record against Man City and their manager has the best record (57 per cent win ratio) against Pep Guardiola in Europe.
It’s a daunting task for Guardiola’s free scoring City side. They’ve not won at Anfield, in any competition, since 2003. Although their total of eight goals in three games on the road in the league is encouraging.
In terms of their recent head to head record, as mentioned above, it’s favourable to Liverpool – from their last ten encounters Liverpool have won seven, lost two and drawn once. Those ten games averaged 3.5 goals, while in their last four against City the total goals per game average jumps to four.
Sadio Mané and Daniel Sturridge jointly lead the way for Liverpool on the goals front with four. While Sergio Ageuro has double that figure this season with eight for the Citizens. Aguero, rather remarkably, has never scored at Anfield.
It’s clear we can expect goals, but it’s preemptive to expect Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’s excellent record to sway things towards the Reds.
Liverpool go in with the colder form, and looking back to City’s league defeat last season at Anfield – that was a game Guardiola’s men should’ve have seen out but for a mid-second half collapse.
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita could be fit after suffering from a back spasm against Napoli mid-week. Adam Lallana is looking to regain fitness after a groin issue and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains a long-term absentee.
Manchester City pair Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy both returned to training this week and could feature. Ilkay Gundogan faces a fitness test on his hamstring, while Fabian Delph is still absent.
These two sides have been the leading lights in the Premier League for much of last season and clearly for all of this season.
Liverpool have had a wobble form wise, City suffer at Anfield, both sides know where the back of the net is and have consistently produced high scoring games in recent encounters.
Draw and both teams to score – 3/1