Liverpool will welcome Manchester City to Anfield on Sunday afternoon in a litmus test that will help depict their true place in the English Premier League hierarchy.
Pep Guardiola’s Citizens currently sit top of the log with 19 points from their first seven matches, edging out the Reds on goal difference.
Extra poignancy will be sprinkled into the encounter due to the fact that City leapfrogged Liverpool after the Reds settled for a 1-1 draw away to Chelsea last weekend.
The champions breezed past Brighton and Hove Albion with a 2-0 win, but they had to work hard to snatch a 2-1 Champions League win against Hoffenheim in midweek after going behind early.
Liverpool had an ever tougher time in Naples on Wednesday.
Out of touch and out of sorts, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds looked like they would escape with a 0-0 draw until Lorenzo Insigne struck at the death to seal the points for Napoli.
Worse still, the Merseyside giants lost Naby Keita to a back injury that could keep the Guinean midfielder sidelines this weekend.
Selection will be a hot topic at Melwood after the vaunted attacking triumvirate of Roberto Fimino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah failed to fire once again.
Xherdan Shaqiri is waiting for a chance to impress on either flank, while Daniel Sturridge might also come into consideration on the back of some outstanding efforts from the bench.
Liverpool vs. Man City betting predictions
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|Man City to win or draw||-200 at WilliamHill||Place Bet|
|Both teams to score||-188.68 at WilliamHill||Place Bet|
|Over 2.5 total goals||-163.93 at WilliamHill||Place Bet|
Liverpool began the season the sharper side with six consecutive wins. However, the Reds have hit something of a slump since losing to Chelsea in the EFL Cup last week. Manchester City, on the other hand, have been on a steady rise, and the champions will fancy their chances of retaining top spot ahead of the international break.
Liverpool vs. Man City recent results
Man City 1-2 Liverpool (April 10, 2018)
Gabriel Jesus 2’, Mohamed Salah 56’, Roberto Firmino 77’
Liverpool 3-0 Man City (April 4, 2018)
Mohamed Salah 12’, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 20’, Sadio Mane 31’
Liverpool 4-3 Man City (January 14, 2018)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 9’, Roberto Firmino 59’, Sadio Mane 61’, Mohamed Salah 68’, Leroy Sane 40’, Bernardo Silva 84’, Ilkay Gundogan 90’+1
Man City 5-0 Liverpool (September 9, 2017)
Sergio Aguero 24’, Gabriel 45’+6, 53’, Leroy Sane 77’, 90’+1
Man City 1-1 Liverpool (March 19, 2017)
Sergio Aguero 69’, James Milner 51’ (P)
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