Manchester city vs Liverpool Preview: Team News, Injuries, Possible Lineups And Kickoff time

Klopp will be looking to maintain his superior record when Liverpool play Manchester City in the  Premier League on Thursday.
 Klopp vs Pep
Liverpool extended their unbeaten start to 20 matches and the 54 points from 20 league matches – 16 more than they had at the same stage a year ago – is the best start to a season in their history.

Jurgen Klopp is Pep Guardiola’s toughest opponent as the Liverpool boss has won six times against the Catalan – more than any other coach.


The German has won six and drawn one of their 12 meetings, which have produced 37 goals between the two sides.So there are reasons to believe Klopp might come out the victorious among both managers come Thursday. 



Here is a brief managers’ head-to-head record between Klopp and Guardiola;


  • Borussia Dortmund 4 Bayern Munich 2 (German Super Cup, July 2013)
  • Borussia Dortmund 0 Bayern Munich 3 (Bundesliga, November 2013)
  • Bayern Munich 0 Borussia Dortmund 3 (Bundesliga, April 2014)
  • Borussia Dortmund 0 Bayern Munich 2 (DFB-Pokal final, May 2014)
  • Borussia Dortmund 2 Bayern 0 (DFL-Supercup, August 2014)
  • Bayern Munich 2 Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, November 2014)
  • Bayern Munich 1 Borussia Dortmund 1 (Dortmund win 2-0 on penalties, DFB-Pokal semi-final, April 2015)
  • Liverpool 1 Manchester City 0 (Premier League, December 31, 2016)
  • Manchester City 1 Liverpool 1 (Premier League, March 2017)
  • Manchester City 5 Liverpool 0 (Premier League, September 2017)
  • Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3 (Premier League, January 2018)
Man city were also unbeaten  before they meet Liverpool at anfield last season were they lost 4:3 and Guardiola might be looking to get a revenge when his Manchester team clashes with Liverpool on Thursday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will surly be the most notable Liverpool player to miss this fixture as he has been a pain in the spine of Manchester city defenders since he played the fixture last season. And just as firmino never misses to hit back of the net against Arsenal, Chamberlain is a time bomb to the city"s goal post. definitely he will  be missed on Thursday.
Three league defeats in December have allowed Liverpool to open up a seven point advantage going into Thursday’s huge top two tussle at the Etihad.


The importance of this fixture cant be overemphasized as a win for Liverpool might see them jump one leg to be crowed as the English Champions come May as they will go ten points clear from their Thursday opponents who sit second place below them.


Pep"s Guardiola city can also close the gap between both teams from seven to four points if they are able to beat a strong Liverpool side that looks to have no weakness at the moment.


Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players that their title crunch clash with Liverpool is win or bust. He further added that City’s hopes of regaining their Premier League crown will be “over” if they drop any more points.


Pep Guardiola"s words ahead of Thursday clash;

“You have to move your legs, clear your brain and do something (extra) to win the games.
“Do not think maybe the luck is coming. We had to correct our mistakes, we had to analyse and solve it.
“Hopefully my last year will be in two seasons or more – hopefully the team will play better. If not, there is no sense.
“Liverpool is seven points in front because they don’t concede many and are in incredible form after four years together with Jurgen.
“I want to win the Premier League but my mind isn’t changed about what we have to do: get better.
 “We knew it that with the position of Liverpool, if we drop points then it is over, it is finished. It would be almost impossible.
“Of course they are going to drop points but not too many.
“Every living soul that comes into the stadium on Thursday has to be ready to fight and give it to them, and we should be able to pull everything out of the locker for that game.
Captain Vincent Kompany also lit the touch paper ahead of Thursday’s summit meeting, adding: “It is one of those key games you live for."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted the Premier League table counts for nothing when his side head into battle against title rivals Manchester City on Thursday. He said;

“What do you think? When we went to City last year, do you think I had the table in the dressing room and said, ‘We are fourth, they are first?’” he said.


“It’s just not important. We wanted to win the game, which we obviously didn’t do (they lost 5-0 after Sadio Mane was sent off in the first half), but we wanted to win it that day and I think everyone who remembers it saw that.


“The only thing that has changed is that you all ask about it, that’s all. It’s not a problem, you can ask what you want.


“We go to City not with whatever-point distance, we only go there to try to play the best football game we can play: 100 per cent.”
Teams: Manchester city vs Liverpool

Competition:  Premier League

Venue: Etihad

Kickoff time: 9:00pm

Date: Thursday 03/ 2019

Liverpool injury/player news
James milner was the notable absentee in the 5:1 hampering of Arsenal last week and i feel he was rested to play the game on Thursday as he has always played in the fixture under  Jurgen Klopp whenever he is fit.

Naby Keita also missed the game against Arsenal although he was fully fit to play. He"s place in the starting eleven is not granteed given the spontaneous form of Shaqiri and Fabinho.

Gomez Matip, and Chamberlain are not yet back and will miss the clash against city on Thursday.

Manchester City injury/player news
Kelvin De Bryne has been labelled a doubt to face Liverpool man city manager said"“I don’t know how De Bruyne is,” Guardiola told reporters. “I know it’s not a big issue but I don’t know if he’ll be for Thursday.”

Fernandinho, who was the Man of the Match against Southampton was one player who did make his return against Southampton. A player Guardiola knows his importance ahead of thursday.

Liverpool Possible Lineups

                    Alisson


  • Trent  lovren  Van Dijk  Robertson


                    Fabihno

      milner                     Shaqiri

     Salah    firmino      Mane

Manchester city Possible Lineups

                    Ederson

 Zinchenko  Kompany  Laporte  Danilo 

                         Fernandinho

       Bernardo Silva            David Silva 

            Sterling    Agüero     Mahrez

  
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