LIVE: Liverpool vs Manchester City… Premier League title rivals clash at Anfield in mouthwatering game, with both sides chasing win to take them top
- Liverpool drew with Brentford last weekend after late equaliser for the hosts
- But Reds have started Premier League season well and can go top with a win
- Pep Guardiola’s star-studded side broke hoodoo and won at Anfield last season
- Latest Premier League news, including live action and results
- Premier League table – as it stands
Two of the Premier League’s heavy hitters go toe-to-toe at Anfield this afternoon as Liverpool take on Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have started the season well but were held in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Brentford last weekend while City are just one point behind the Reds.
Both can go top with victory and City’s expansive style should make for a compelling watch. They broke their Anfield hoodoo last season with a 4-1 win and will be looking for a repeat performance against their title rivals.
Follow Sportsmail’s blog for live Premier League coverage of Liverpool vs Manchester City, including build-up, team news and updates.
Jurgen Klopp has hit out at unvaccinated players and claimed if it is their ‘freedom’ not to be jabbed, they might as well argue it is their right to drink and drive.
Klopp, whose mother died of Covid-19 last year, said that 99 per cent of his Liverpool team were vaccinated but questioned why clubs weren’t allowed to quiz their players on whether they had had the vaccine.
Pressure is mounting on players to set an example to youngsters by revealing their vaccination status after reports that key members of Gareth Southgate’s England squad remain unvaccinated.
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There’s certainly no mistaking the Liverpool team bus, is there?
Liverpool haven’t lost consecutive league games against Manchester City since a run of four between 1935 and 1937, going down 4-1 the last time the sides met in February.
Manchester City won this exact fixture 4-1 last season, ending a run of 17 away league games without a win at Liverpool (D5 L12). The Citizens haven’t won consecutive league games at Anfield since January 1953.
Liverpool have won just one of their last seven Premier League games against reigning champions (D2 L4), beating Manchester City 3-1 at home in their own title winning campaign of 2019-20.
Liverpool are the only side still unbeaten in the Premier League this season (W4 D2), while the Reds have also netted more goals than any other side this term (15). However, Man City have conceded the fewest goals so far in 2021-22 (1), keeping a clean sheet in each of their last five games.
Liverpool are unbeaten in 16 league games (W12 D4), the longest current run without defeat in the top four tiers of English football. However, the Reds conceded more goals in their 3-3 draw at Brentford last time out than they had in their previous eight league games combined (2).
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The Manchester City players and staff making their way through the streets to Anfield a short time ago. We’ve seen some very hostile welcomes from Liverpool fans in the past but this time it appears the buses have made it safely to the ground.
If you’re in the market for a little bet this afternoon, here’s the latest odds on this match and also the title race courtesy of Betfair
Liverpool vs Manchester City
Liverpool to win – 2/1
Manchester City to win – 13/10
Draw – 12/5
Premier League winner
Manchester City – 21/20
Chelsea – 11/4
Liverpool – 5/1
Manchester United 21/1
As always before such a big fixture, we’ve taken a look at the two squads and worked out a combined XI from the best of Liverpool and the best of Man City.
You might expect the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah to be in there but who else makes the cut?
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There are no fewer than THREE Premier League games already underway this afternoon and there’s goals in all of them.
Tottenham lead Aston Villa 1-0 thanks to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s goal after 27 minutes, while Brentford are 1-0 up at West Ham after Bryan Mbeumo scored.
Leicester, meanwhile, lead Crystal Palace 2-0 thanks to strikes from Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy.
All of those just into the second half and you can follow the latest by clicking the link below.
Chelsea hit the top of the Premier League yesterday when they beat Southampton 3-1 but that could prove to be somewhat short lived.
Both Liverpool and City can move to the summit if they take all three points. Liverpool have 14 points, two behind Chelsea, while City are on 13.
Pep Guardiola’s team would need to win by two goals, however, to leapfrog Chelsea.
Another weekend, another meeting of title contenders in the Premier League.
Manchester City reminded us all of their class – and that they are, in fact, the defending champions – when they bossed last Saturday’s meeting with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
But after their midweek Champions League setback against PSG, Pep Guardiola’s side face another tricky assignment as they head to Anfield to take on Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have been in good form as well and, like City, are within touching distance of top spot this afternoon.
It’s all set up to be a fascinating encounter with two master tacticians going head-to-head with the Anfield crowd certain to provide a brilliant atmosphere.
Welcome along to our live coverage of this 4.30pm kick-off. Plenty of build-up and the team news to come before then.
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