Premier League title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City face off in a huge match this weekend.
City look in frightening form and have moved up to the top of the table in recent weeks.
They have won 13 games in a row in all competitions and can take a major step towards claiming the top-flight title with a win at Anfield this weekend.
Liverpool’s inconsistent form continued in midweek as they suffered a shock defeat to Brighton.
Jurgen Klopp’s men know they must win this Sunday to keep their title hopes alive.
Liverpool vs Man City: How to watch
This match will be held at Anfield on Sunday, February 6 and will kick-off at 4:30pm.
This game is being broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm and will follow their coverage of Wolves vs Leicester.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.
Liverpool vs Man City: Team news
Liverpool hope to have Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Sadio Mane back for the visit of leaders City.
The Reds’ goalkeeper missed the midweek defeat by Brighton due to illness, while Fabinho and Mane have sat out recent matches with muscle injuries.
New signing Ozan Kabak is eligible for the squad but it seems unlikely Jurgen Klopp will throw him straight in for such an important match.
City, meanwhile, are still without Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne.
Aguero continues to build up his fitness in training after a spell out with coronavirus while De Bruyne is absent with a hamstring injury.
Nathan Ake also remains on the sidelines with a muscular problem.
Liverpool vs Man City: What has been said?
Pep Guardiola says he expected better from rival Jurgen Klopp than to indulge in mind games prior to City’s trip to Liverpool.
Klopp, in referring to City’s postponed game against Everton following a Covid-19 outbreak at the club over Christmas, suggested Guardiola’s side had two weeks off as a result.
Guardiola said: “He made a mistake. Jurgen has to see the calendar again.
“We had Covid, we had one week and we played with 14 players in Stamford Bridge.
“Tomorrow when I see Jurgen I will ask him how long we had off. I’m surprised, I thought Jurgen was not that kind of manager, I didn’t expect that comment. Maybe it was a misunderstanding.”
City have not won at Anfield since 2003.
Guardiola said: “The game is for Sunday, to win and get three points. It isn’t about how many years or centuries and so on. It is another game, one of 38 in the Premier League.”
Liverpool vs Man City: Match stats and facts
- Liverpool have lost one of their last 29 home league matches against Manchester City (W19 D9), a 2-1 defeat in May 2003.
- The away side has won just one of the last 24 Premier League meetings between Liverpool and Man City, with Liverpool winning 4-1 at the Etihad in November 2015.
- Manchester City have won four of their last five league visits to the Premier League reigning champions (L1), beating Man Utd in 2011/12 and 2013/14 & Chelsea in 2015/16 and 2017/18. However, City have never won at Anfield when Liverpool have been reigning top-flight champion in 14 attempts (D4 L10).
- Liverpool have lost each of their last two Premier League home games, having been unbeaten in 68 at Anfield before this. They’ve not lost three in a row at home in league competition since September 1963.
- Liverpool haven’t scored in any of their last three Premier League home games, with their current goalless run at Anfield standing at 348 minutes. The Reds have never gone four consecutive home league games without scoring in their history.
- Manchester City have won each of their last 13 games in all competitions – victory here will see them equal the record for an English top-flight club, set by Preston in January 1892 and Arsenal in November 1987.
- Manchester City have conceded just 13 goals in 21 Premier League games this season, keeping a clean sheet in each of their last six. They’ve never previously kept seven consecutive clean sheets in the competition.
- Man City’s Pep Guardiola has managed more league matches at Anfield without winning than any other stadium in his top-flight managerial career (4 – D1 L3). His three defeats there are his joint-most at any away stadium in top-flight league games, alongside Stamford Bridge.
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hasn’t lost three consecutive home league games since December 2013 when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund.
- Raheem Sterling has scored 99 goals in all competitions for Manchester City under Pep Guardiola. His next goal will see him become the third player to reach triple figures under the Spaniard, after Lionel Messi (211) and Sergio Agüero (120).