Match Preview: Man City vs Liverpool
Date & time: July 2nd, 2020 - 20:15
Where: Etihad Stadium
Is it on: Sky Sports
Ref: Anthony Taylor
It isn't quite the blockbuster that was being billed a week or so before the season restarted, now that Liverpool have officially been crowned Champions, but it'll certainly be tasty.
Liverpool arrive at the Etihad for the first time in the club's last 30 years at English Champions and, any other time, the place would be a cauldron. Mainly of LFC fans.
But in the relative silence of post-Covid 19 Premier League football, Liverpool will take on their closest title challengers at their own ground, with Man City expected to give the Reds a guard of honour before kick off.
There's surprisingly little riding on this one for Man City, other than one-off pride, as they look to at least salvage the bragging rights from beating us once in our title-winning season.
For Liverpool, the stakes are slightly higher, as the team chases several records.
Injuries & Suspension
It's looking a little bit worse for the squad since before kick off against Palace last week, with Joel Matip now confirmed out for the season. Meaning that Dejan Lovren will now officially be the sole remaining senior back up to Virg and Joe Gomez.
Elsewhere James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri are both still out, albeit without a Jurgen update on either player ahead of the match tomorrow night.
For City, things are looking a bit brighter, with Fernandinho suspended and just Sergio Aguero injured but otherwise Guardiola's squad are looking good.
But with De Bruyne, Sterling and Mahrez all starting at the weekend in the FA Cup, it'll be interesting to see how strong the City manager goes against us on Thursday.
Last 5 games:
Man City (all comps): W-L-W-W-L
Liverpool (all comps): L-L-W-D-W
Predicted Line up
After 8 days between Palace last week and City tomorrow night, the Redmen face 3 games in a week so Klopp will be keen to rotate, but whether he'll considerably weaken the first team against City remains to be seen.
With Villa at Anfield on Sunday, it's more likely we'll see rotation in that game, going strong tomorrow night. Which could mean the likes of Origi, Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain having to start against Guardiola's side from the bench.
A full strength team against Man City is what most of us are hoping for, as one of our last remaining major challenges to breaking their own points total fast approaches.
Starting XI: Alisson, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Salah and Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Williams, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Minamino and Origi.