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Anfield plays host to an anticipated Premier League clash on Sunday as table-toppers Manchester City take on Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola’s side have still not tasted defeat in the league this season, while Liverpool have not lost at home, making for an exciting matchup.
Read on for full details on how to watch the game, followed by team news and a full match preview.
Date: Sunday, January 14
Time: 4 p.m. (GMT)/11 a.m. (ET)
TV Info: Sky Sports (UK), NBC (U.S.)
Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), NBC Sports Live (U.S.)
Liverpool have been boosted by the news that top scorer Mohamed Salah is back in training after missing the last two games with a groin problem, per the official Liverpool website.
Salah should go straight back into the Liverpool attack alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Alberto Moreno and Jordan Henderson look set to miss the game as they have still not returned to training, per Neil Jones at the Liverpool Echo:
Neil Jones @neiljonesecho
Sturridge also trained. No Moreno or Henderson yet. #LFC
That should mean that Andy Robertson will continue at left-back in Moreno’s absence, having impressed in recent weeks.
Manchester City are still without long-term absentees Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus, and it remains unclear when Vincent Kompany will be fit enough to return.
Fabian Delph is also a doubt, but City have been managing his game time in a bid to get him fit for the trip to Anfield, per James Robson at the Manchester Evening News.
David Silva could also return after missing Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win over Bristol City. The midfielder has been absent for recent games after the premature birth of his son, and Guardiola has said his personal life “is more important,” per The Independent.
Manchester City’s unbeaten record will face its sternest test of the season at Liverpool, as the Reds are on a strong run and boast an impressive home record.
The visitors will also know they have not won at Anfield in the Premier League since 2013 and have lost 14 of the 20 meetings, per Sky Sports.
Liverpool’s attack has been impressive this season, although they will have to make do without Philippe Coutinho following his big-money move to Barcelona.
However, they have a good record without the Brazilian, per football writer Andrew Beasley:
Andrew Beasley @BassTunedToRed
Liverpool without Coutinho this season: W10 D1 L1 GD+17 #justsaying https://t.co/a17HExTpJa
The return of Salah will be vital if they are to become the first Premier League team to inflict a defeat on City, and his pace will surely trouble the visitors’ defence.
While Liverpool have had the week to prepare for the clash, City were in action against Bristol City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night and needed a late goal to secure a 2-1 win.
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen felt Bristol’s positive approach may be replicated by Premier League teams:
michael owen @themichaelowen
Full credit to Lee Johnson and Bristol City last night. No fear, pressed high and give City a proper game. Maybe a few Premier League managers were watching and will approach their games with City in a more positive manner now.
It remains to be seen if Liverpool will be as adventurous, although with home advantage and the pace of Salah and Mane, they have the players to do real damage.
However, City can be lethal on the break with the energy of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, while Sergio Aguero is also a deadly finisher.
Both teams have looked far more impressive going forward than at the back this season, which points to plenty of excitement at Anfield on Sunday.