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Manchester City vs Liverpool match preview: Team news, head-to-head, lineups, & predictions

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GOAL previews the Premier League fixture between Manchester City and Liverpool, with team news, predictions, head to head record, key players.

Liverpool will travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City in a block buster Premier League clash on Saturday.


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The defending champions find themselves eight points behind league leaders Arsenal, with a match in hand, and cannot afford to slip up further to keep their title ambitions alive.

The two teams last met each other in the Carabao Cup where Pep Guardiola's troops earned a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Reds, courtesy of goals from Erling Haaland, Riyad Mahrez and Nathan Ake.

On the other hand, Liverpool find themselves in the sixth spot with 42 points from 26 matches. However, they have the opportunity to do the league double over the Sky Blues as they won the reverse fixture at Anfield after a 76th-minute goal by Mohamed Salah.

A win would cut down the deficit with fifth-placed Newcastle United to three points and if the Magpies falter to Manchester United a day later, then a European berth could well be within reach for Jurgen Klopp's men.

GOAL previews the Premier League fixture between Manchester City and Liverpool, with team news, predictions, head-to-head record, key battles and much more below.

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Team analysis.

Manchester City team news

Manchester City Starting XI

Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte; Rodri, Rico Lewis; Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish; Erling Haaland.

Recent form

Manchester City head into this fixture on the back of a 6-0 win over Burnley in the FA Cup quarter-finals to progress into the last four of the prestigious cup competition. Haaland bagged a hat-trick, Julian Alvarez scored a brace, whereas Cole Palmer chipped in with another goal to complete the rout. Before that match, they scored seven past RB Leipzig in the Champions League courtesy of a five-star performance from the Norwegian striker.

Key players

All eyes will be on Haaland as the striker was in scorching form before club football came to a halt for the international break. The 22-year-old has scored 28 goals in 26 Premier League appearances and is gunning to break the all-time record for most goals (34) in a Premier League season which is currently jointly held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer.

Injuries & suspensions.

Phil Foden has undergone surgery in London for acute appendicitis and will not be fit for this weekend’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool.

Haaland did not join his national teammates during the international break due to an adductor problem but is expected to be fit for the clash.

Tactical approach

Manchester City will go for the win right from the first whistle. They are chasing Arsenal at the top and will give their all to get an early opener to release the pressure. Guardiola's teams like to dominate possession, and it should be no different against Liverpool.

PositionPlayersGoalkeepers:Ederson Moraes, Stefan Ortega, Scott :Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Manuel Akanji, Sergio Gomez, Kyle Walker, Rico :Rodri, Kalvin Phillips, Maximo Perrone, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Cole :Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez.

Liverpool team news

Liverpool Starting XI

Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Cody Gakpo, Fabinho, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez.

Recent form

After dishing out a 7-0 thrashing to Manchester United at Anfield they have lost two successive matches to Bournemouth and Real Madrid in the Premier League and the Champions League, respectively, which is a testimony to the inconsistent form that has plagued them throughout the season.

Key players

Salah will be the one to watch out for the Reds. The Egyptian has 18 goal contributions in 26 matches for Liverpool in the Premier League and will once again spearhead the attack from the right.

The spoils have been evenly shared in

their last five meetings with Manchester City and Liverpool winning twice each along with one draw.

However, Manchester City have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League home games against Liverpool (W7 D5), going down 4-1 in November 2015 under Manuel Pellegrini.

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Manchester City vs Liverpool match preview.

Venue, date & kick-off time

The Premier League fixture between Manchester City & Liverpool will be played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, April 1. The game is scheduled to kick off at 12.30pm BST (8.30am EDT / 5:00pm IST).

Match predictions & expected outcome.

Both Manchester City and Liverpool are desperate to win but for entirely different reasons. While City are gunning for the top spot in the Premier League table, Liverpool are fighting for a European berth. There is little doubt it would be a highly contested affair but Pep Guardiola's troops should edge out the Merseyside outfit given their home record and current form. Moreover, Liverpool have struggled on the road this season, having taken just 12 points from their 13 Premier League away games.

Key battles to watch out for

It will be an intriguing battle between Haaland and Van Dijk. The defender came out on top in the reverse fixture at Anfield and the fate of the match might hinge on this extremely important duel between the two. Haaland had been suffering from an abductor problem and he was resting during the international break while the Dutch defender was busy with his international commitments. Moreover, the striker is coming into this fixture having scored eight goals in the last two matches. Can Van Dijk contain the explosive forward once again? We say, bring it on!

Potential game changers

If Haaland happens to be City's most potent weapon, then Liverpool have Salah who can change the complexion of any game singlehandedly. The Egyptian has scored in all three of Liverpool's games against Man City this season, in the Premier League, Community Shield and EFL Cup and could well be the difference-maker on Saturday.

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Our final thoughts on the match

Liverpool are looking to complete the league double over Manchester City for what would be just the second time in the last 17 seasons, previously doing so in Klopp's debut campaign in 2015. A solid performance at the back and a few moments of individual brilliance can definitely tilt the tie in their kora live has scored 42 goals in all competitions for Manchester City this season, including six hat-tricks (all at the Etihad). Only two players have scored more in a single campaign for a Premier League club (since 1992) – Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2002 and Mohamed Salah in 2017 (both 44) and another hat-trick on Saturday can help the Norwegian set a new league kora live of the winner, the fans should be treated to a high-octane football match as club football resumes after a brief halt due to the international break.

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Man City vs Liverpool: Match facts.

Manchester City have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League home games against Liverpool (W7 D5), going down 4-1 in November 2015 under Manuel Pellegrini.

Liverpool are looking to complete the league double over Manchester City for what would be just a second time in the last 17 seasons, previously doing so in Jürgen Klopp’s debut campaign in .

Liverpool have won more Premier League games against reigning champions than any other side (23). They’re looking to achieve their first such double since , beating Manchester United 1-0 at home and 3-0 away under Brendan Rodgers.

Manchester City have won their last three Premier League games, but have yet to win four in a row in . They last did so in April/May last season (a run of five).

Liverpool have taken just 12 points from their 13 Premier League away games this season (W3 D3 L7), compared to 30 at home. They have the biggest difference between points won at home and on the road in the Premier League this season (18).

Manchester City have played more through balls than any other side in the Premier League this season (64). Among players, Kevin De Bruyne has played more than any other player (21), while Erling Haaland has received more through balls than anyone else (18).

Liverpool have failed to score in seven different Premier League games this season, with six of these coming away from home. They last failed to score in more different matches on the road in 2011 (8). In all competitions, the Reds could lose three consecutive matches without scoring for the first time since October 2009.

Mohamed Salah has scored in all three of Liverpool’s games against Man City this season, in the Premier League, Community Shield and EFL Cup. The last Liverpool player to score in four different games against an opponent in a single campaign was Ian Rush, netting in five meetings with Everton in 1986 (including the English Super Cup).

Erling Haaland has scored 42% of Man City’s Premier League goals this season (28/67), while his goals have also been worth 20 points to the Citizens. All three (28 goals, 42% and 20 points) are the highest by a Manchester City player in a single Premier League campaign.