Klopp’s trip to the Etihad last time out was a disastrous affair, with the Red’s shipping 5 goals to Pep’s rampant side with talisman Sadio Mane seeing red. Whilst the fixture was an early season thigh rubber, rumblings were already made of the German managers ability to turn Liverpool into a trophy winning outfit. Fast forward to January, the team reside in 4th, having lost just 2 matches all campaign and are on quite the run, embarrassing opposition defenders with some frighteningly fast football.
Yes the Merseysiders still look a distance from silverware, at least their vibrant style of fast and furious football is keeping the louder parts of the Anfield contingent smiling.
Image via the Liverpool Echo.
Talking of keeping your fans happy, Manchester City not only look like kings of England at this juncture, the side look like world beaters with their very own brand of slick stylish football.
Still unbeaten in the Premier league, as well truly mugging off their noisy neighbours at Old Trafford earlier on in the campaign, the sides epic 18 match winning run was only stooped last weekend via a resurged Crystal Palace.
Undeniably the leagues most prized assets at this stage, perhaps both sides’ attacking gumption (as well as less than convincing backlines) will in-fact let neutral fans down and be a disappointing goalless draw. The child in us howver can’t help but expect a 4-4 goal bonanza, either way you’d do well to take a punt using the new K8 sports betting site and their interesting matched deposit bonus.
Of course, Liverpool will no doubt be hurt by the loss of tricky play-maker Coutinho to the mighty Barcelona, whilst the Brazilian added a touch of undeniable class, the teams spine still remain, in-fact strengthened by the inward Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton.
Not that Coutinho would have played a part regardless, Barcelona actually discovered a thigh injury during the players medical, which the Spanish side says will keep him sidelined for around 20 days.
Elsewhere the excellent Mo Salah, fresh from picking up an African player of the year award, has become a slight doubt after picking up a groin injury. Captain Jordan Henderson however is likely to be watching the match from the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
The Citizens will definitely be without teen sensation Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian suffered a nasty looking MCL knee ligament injury during Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace, however the fact that a fresh Sergio Aguero waits in the wings will no doubt ease Guardiola’s selection worries. Captain Vincent Kompany, no stranger the to treatment table himself, is a major doubt with a Calf Strain and David Silva, horrifically awaiting on the news of his prematurely born son, is also a doubt.