Match Preview: Man City vs Liverpool
Date & time: November 8th, 2020 - 4:30pm
Where: Etihad Stadium
Is it on: Sky Sports
Ref: Craig Pawson
As the last break for pointless internationals came to an end, Man City cranked their form up a few notches, taking five victories and a single draw in their last six games.
They'll be looking to making it six and one in their last seven today, hoping to close that five point gap on Liverpool to just two today. Of course, they'll know it could be very different.
A win for Liverpool puts the Champions a healthy eight points clear of last season's runners-up, with just eight games played. Something we wouldn't have even dreamed of this time last season.
But the Reds are a different beast these days and Man City will probably go into today's game as only slight favourites. Basically because they're at home.
An impressively brutal destruction of Italian side Atalanta on Tuesday was just the remedy to what has been a successful, if underwhelming (in terms of performances) start to the season.
Easily out best display so far, and will have certainly boosted the team ahead of today's match. It was the shot in the arm we probably needed for our biggest test so far.
Injuries & Suspension
Once again, the usual suspects are out, whilst Thiago has been confirmed as not yet being ready to come back in to first-team contention.
Liverpool generally have a strong squad to pick from, those absentees aside, with Joel Matip now seemingly an option at centre back. It's hard to imagine that he doesn't start today.
For the home team, Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy are sidelined, whilst Sergio Aguero is highly unlikely to feature at all too.
Last 5 games:
Man City (all comps): W-D-W-W-W
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-W-W
Predicted Line up
Thiago being available today would've given our midfield a really different look to what we've had going to City in recent seasons, so we're much more likely to see something a bit more workmanlike.
Naby Keita may well be fit and available but I just can't see Klopp throwing him and Matip back in the deep end so soon. So I'm half-expecting him to go with the tried and trusted James Milner, alongside Gini and Henderson.
Any other week, any other game, we probably would've seen Curtis Jones keep his place, or even Klopp opting for that four-pronged attack he's been testing out so recently.
But he'll want a strong, physical and compact midfield today, as City will look to exploit any weakness we have through the centre, with Fabinho and VVD being absent.
On a final note. The debate about whether Bobby or Diogo starts? I think Jurgen genuinely has no option today but to stick with what worked mid-week. So, for me, Diogo Jota starts.
Predicted starting XI: Alisson, Trent, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner; Mane, Salah, Jota.