Pep Guardiola’s team starts the day in second place, while Liverpool are 11th in the table, 13 points behind City. Jurgen Klopp’s men took the title by just one point last season and Guardiola does not believe the Reds’ current position reflects their capabilities.
Asked if Liverpool were still the main rivals, Guardiola, whose team is currently second only to Arsenal, told a press conference: “It has always been and always will be and always will be. I know the quality they have, the character. If you answer this The question: With five or ten games left, I would say I don’t think Liverpool can catch up to the top in the league – in this case Arsenal – but being in the position we are and with the World Cup going on, anything can happen.
“My opinion of this team doesn’t change because of their placement in the table, not for a second. It’s always been difficult in the years since we’ve been together, so it’s a tough match. The game will be dictated by what happens on the pitch, not because we’re up front or behind.” .
City had two successful 2-2 draws with Liverpool in the Premier League last season but finished second in their last meeting, before theA Cup final in April and the Community Shield in July.
This is all you need to know:
What time is the Liverpool vs Manchester City match?
Jurgen Klopp’s side will host Pep Guardiola’s side at Anfield on Sunday (October 16) in the afternoon. The match is scheduled to kick off at 4.30pm and is part of the Sky Super Sunday show. It’s one of five Premier League games taking place today, and it’s an unusually crowded slate for a Sunday.
Watching the Liverpool vs Manchester City match on TV?
The delicious English Premier League match will be broadcast by Sky. It’s the most eye-catching match on the Super Sunday schedule today (October 16).
It will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League as well as related HD channels in the UK. Coverage will start at 4pm. Sky Sportsootball will show football in the German Bundesliga including Union Berlin and Borussia Dortmund.
You can catch the highlights of the match on Sky Sports on YouTube shortly after the match ends and you can also catch up on Match Day Two at 10:30pm on Sunday night.
Is there a live stream of the match in the UK?
If you do not have a Sky Sports subscription, you can watch the game via Now TV. Sports passes are available for one day from the live streaming service.
A one-day ticket costs £11.99 from Now TV, While you can get a half-year pass for £25 a month for six months. Includes all Sky Sports channels.
Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson is expected to return to the starting line-up for his visit to Manchester City.
The Scotland captain returned from a knee injury as a substitute in the midweek Champions League win over Rangers but is set to take over from Costas Tsimikas.
Midfielder Curtis Jones could be included in the squad for the first time since theA Shield beat City in early August after recovering from a leg problem.
Liverpool provisional lineup: Alisson, Gomez, Konate, Van Dyck, Robertson, Henderson, Thiago, Salah,irmino, Jota, Nunez, Keeler, Phillips, Tsimikas,abinho, Milner, Jones, Bagcetic, Elliott, Carvalho.
Guardiola expects Erling Haaland to be fit and shoot for the confrontation.
The Norwegian, who has scored 20 goals in 13 games for City, rested him for the midweek Champions League game in Copenhagen, with Guardiola saying he was tired.
“He was tired, as were Bernardo and others, but they are fine and ready for Sunday,” Guardiola said.
England trio John Stones (hamstring), Kyle Walker (abdomen) and Calvin Phillips (shoulder) remain on the sidelines.
Stones and Walker hope to be back in the coming weeks, but there’s no clear timetable on when either of them will be available next.
Manchester City provisional team: Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Cancelo, Aki, Laporte, Dias, Akanji, Gomez, Wilson Espand, Luis, Gundogan, Rodri,oden, De Bruyne, Grealish, Silva, Mahrez, Palmer, Halland, Alvarez.