It’s the clash of the titans on the New Year’s Eve as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Anfield on 31st December, 2016. Both teams will be going for the 3 points as a draw would be of no good for both the teams as they attempt to catch Chelsea at the top of the table.
Both, Liverpool and Manchester City have won their last three Premier League games in a row. Manchester City's last and only Premier League win at Anfield (D5 L13) came in May 2003 as Nicolas Anelka scored twice against his former club in a 2-1 victory. Manchester City will be looking to break their hoodoo against Liverpool at Anfield to maintain their title ambitions.
Liverpool looking to end 2016 on a high
Liverpool have transformed remarkably in 2016 under Klopp’s guidance and will be going for the 3 points against their title rivals Manchester City to keep pace with high-flying Chelsea. The Reds will require their star players like Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and maybe even Daniel Sturridge to be on the top of their game against a dangerous City side.
Liverpool Team News
Jurgen Klopp will be sweating over the fitness of Philippe Coutinho and Joel Matip and both are doubtful for this important clash. Danny Ings remains sidelined.
Klopp on Guardiola watching Liverpool vs Stoke City –
"I respect them a lot, but I have not been to City's stadium this season or last to watch games. Maybe they want to watch good football."
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 29, 2016
City welcome back Aguero in a bid to remain in the title race
Manchester City are already 7 points behind Chelsea. A loss to Liverpool would mean that that difference would rise to 10, possibly ending any hopes of City’s title chances. However, Aguero will be looking to make a mark upon his return from suspension, while De Bruyne and Sterling are also capable of hurting the Liverpool defence.
Manchester City Team News
Ilkay Gundogan, Fabian Delph and captain Vicent Kompany are sidelined due to their respective injuries. Sergio Aguero is back after serving out his 4 match suspension for his red card against Chelsea.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 29, 2016
Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet, Milner, Lovren, Klavan, Clyne, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Origi, Firmino.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Bravo, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernandinho, Touré, Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Aguero.
Player to watch out for:
He’ll be raring to go out after his 4 match ban, and the stage is set for him to return. His movement, speed and shooting coupled with De Bruyne’s creativity can hurt Liverpool a lot. Liverpool will have to silence the Argentinian forward if they are to win this match.
Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City
None of the teams will be sitting back and parking the bus, and that will favour Liverpool a bit more than Manchester City. It’s very difficult to beat Liverpool at their own game, and as Tottenham exposed City’s flaws, Liverpool are likely to do the same. Also Anfield will be rocking and that will surely give a lift to the players. This game promises to be a goal fest and a great watch for the neutrals too.
You can watch the match live at 11 PM on 31st December, 2016 on the Star Sports Network.