The top two clash at Anfield this Sunday, as Man City and Liverpool renew their rivalry
The Premier League has saved it’s best until last this weekend, as Manchester City’s trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool is the late game on Sunday afternoon.
Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s rivalry rekindles once again, as the two sides sit separated by a single point at the top of the table after six games
The Reds are unbeaten so far this season, but two dropped points at Brentford last week saw Manchester City overtake them at the summit, thanks to toppling Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The game brings to an end arguably the toughest week of games imaginable for City, after losing to PSG in the Champions League in midweek. Most fans would admit the defeat in the French capital was the one they were least bothered about, especially if they can win at Anfield.
Liverpool had no such worries in midweek, smashing five past a poor FC Porto side in Portugal. Klopp was expected to rest some of his star players for the trip, but went full strength before resting the likes of Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and James Milner just after the hour mark, with Liverpool 3-0 up.
Milner is expected to continue in the side on Sunday, filling in for Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back. The 22-year-old is expected to be back after the international break after suffering a groin problem, and Milner, 13 years his senior, should deputise against his former club.
Klopp is also without midfield pair Thiago Alcantara and Harvey Elliot. The youngster suffered a broken leg against Leeds and won’t play before the end of the year at least, while Thiago is on the road to recovery after a calf injury, and needs the international break to regain fitness.
As for Man City, Guardiola is also needing the international break to bring back two first-teamers. Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ilkay Gundogan are both missing with injuries, and need the extra time to recover in time for City’s next game, at home to Burnley in two weeks’ time.
In the last seven meetings between the sides in all competitions, City have enjoyed the better of the clashes, winning four compared to Liverpool’s solitary triumph in 2019.
The winner on Sunday will go into the break as Premier League leaders, with Liverpool opening up a four point gap on the chasing pack if other results favour them. If the spoils are shared, Chelsea will go top if they can beat Southampton on Saturday.
Liverpool take on Manchester City on Sunday, October 3rd. Kick-off is at 4.30pm.