Liverpool and Manchester City face off against each other in English Premier League on Wednesday after just 48 hours from the completion of League Cup final between the same foes where Manchester City emerged champions against the Reds in penalties. Liverpool will be looking to patch their broken hearts by winning against the visitors on Wednesday. With both sides looking for a win, the fixture will not be short of any excitement or drama.
Liverpool’s impressive 6-0 win against Aston Villa was their second win in the last seven premier league games. Even though the Merseyside club are playing some excellent football under Jurgen Klopp, their inconsistent performances in recent weeks has made them to drop on to ninth position in the table. The Reds are not valid contenders for the Champions League spot as they are nine points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, but they still have a game in hand and a win tonight against City will increase their chances of qualification.
Manchester City needs to get back to winning ways in the Premier League to compete for the title. The Citizens derailed their title chances by losing against both Leicester and Spurs in the previous fixtures and pushed themselves off the title race and dropped on to the fourth position in the league. Manchester City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini will be looking to end the season in a high note by winning the league title, but the citizens are now nine points behind the leaders Leicester City and they need a win on Wednesday to bring themselves back in contention to win the title.
Liverpool’s centre-back Mamadou Sakho will undergo a late fitness test to determine his situation on Wednesday, as the French international sustained a head injury in the cup final on Sunday. Also, defender Martin Skrtel will still remain on sidelines due to his hamstring injury and his defensive counterpart Dejan Lovren will be a doubt for the fixture.
Manchester City will be making some changes to the squad that ousted the Merseyside Club on Sunday. The final hero Willy Caballero will be replaced by Joe Hart. Full-backs Zabaleta and Kolarov will be replacing Sagna and Clichy in the starting line-up. Midfielders Kevin De Bruyne, Samir Nasri and Fabian Delph are still remaining on the sidelines.
Liverpool : Mignolet (GK), Clyne, Toure, Lucas, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Milner, Coutinho, Firmino and Sturridge
Manchester City : Hart (GK), Zabaleta, Otamendi, Kompany, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Fernando, Yaya Toure, Silva, Sterling, Aguero
Predicted Score line:
Liverpool 2 – 1 Manchester City