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is finally over, and this is the biggest Liverpool homecoming ever—a trip to Manchester City and the opportunity to put an end to a long-overdue wait for an Etihad victory.

Although they haven’t had much time to prepare for their league comeback due to their recent international travels, Jurgen Klopp’s team won’t need any extra incentive going into this match.

Although the Reds defeated Brentford in their most recent game, this is the biggest test for Klopp’s revamped team to yet.

Before the Reds travel to the blue side of Manchester, here are ten essential things to be aware of.

1. First encounters second

There is only one point separating the top two clubs, as we have seen before.

So far in the league season, they have been well matched, but surprisingly, Liverpool has outperformed City on defense, having let up 10 goals against their 12.

Liverpool cannot depend on others to carry out the task for them; they understand the value of taking points off of City when the chance arises.

While some people would take offense to a draw, consider what winning could entail.

2. Is it true that none of them will be left out?

Prior to the Reds’ arrival, City had eight “injury” doubts as a result of players pulling out of international duty one after another during the international break.

Ederson, Nathan Ake, Mateo Kovacic, Matheus Nunes, and Rodri both missed a match for their countries, and Erling Haaland and Ederson also departed their national teams.

Naturally, supporters are dubious about their injuries because the announcement was extremely handy given Liverpool’s impending visit.

While their exact involvement is yet unknown, we do anticipate that Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, and Sergio Gomez will not be included.

3. The injured Reds’ return

For the victory over Brentford before the break, Klopp was missing eight first-team players; but, he has been given a boost for the quick drive down the M62.

Andy Robertson, Thiago, and Stefan Bajcetic are the players still on the injury list; they are not anticipated to return until 2024.

4. The worst Etihad record in fifteen years!

The last time Liverpool defeated Manchester City at home in the Premier League was in 2015; the stadium seems to be cursed for us.

The odds always seem to be against us—there was the 11mm goal-line clearance, that Adam Lallana mistake, and some terrible deflections in the intervening period.

The fact that they have only won three league titles in the previous fifteen years does not bode well for them as a team, and the situation is largely unchanged across all tournaments.

To make matters more difficult, City hasn’t suffered a loss at the Etihad in more than a year; Brentford was the last team to lose there in November 2022.

5. Another start at 12:30

As you can see, Klopp has been upset by three international breaks and three 12.30pm kickoffs for Liverpool following each one!

For one of the Premier League’s biggest fixtures, if not the largest, there is little to no preparation time. As a result, the manager expressed, “The people making the decisions, they cannot feel football, it is just not possible.”

After earlier issues during the matchup, the “local safety advisory group” refused to grant authorization for Sky Sports to air the live match in the 5.30 p.m. time slot.

This season, Liverpool is up 2-0 at 12.30; just think of the scenes if they win three.

6. When will Salah reach his major goal?

With two more goals, Mohamed Salah will have scored 200 goals for Liverpool, a feat only four other players have accomplished in club history.

Don’t count out the Egyptian, who comes into this match with 198 strikes in 322 appearances and 11 prior goals against City, as he might achieve a double century on Saturday!

There would be nothing better than to watch Salah raise his arms at the Etihad. He has been in great goal-scoring form this season, with eight goals in his past eight games for Liverpool.

7. Does Nunez make an entrance?

Darwin Nunez is feeling optimistic going into this match after recording three goals and three assists in his last eight appearances for Liverpool in addition to three goals with Uruguay over the break.

In the past, it would have been anticipated for Klopp to go straight to Cody Gakpo, but Nunez’s confusion and enthusiasm seem like they could be exploited.

Diogo Jota is fresh for the left flank after just ninety minutes with Portugal, but the manager has a demanding ninety minutes to make decisions in every area.

Among the choices he will have to make are the following: Gomez or Tsimikas? Matip or Konate?Is Gravenberch or Jones? And Jota or Diaz?

Reds XI prediction: Alisson; Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Jones; Salah, Jota, Nunez; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas

For the 29th time, Guardiola and Klopp face off.

Guardiola and Klopp have faced each other 29 times, more than any other manager, and they both have records against one another.

Nobody has defeated a Guardiola team more than Klopp (12), and nobody has defeated Guardiola more than Klopp (11).

The record is now eight wins for Liverpool and seven for City, with five more draws, since they have both moved to England.

9. A strong history with this referee

These days, it is hard to avoid a run-in with a certain referee, but the Reds do well under Chris Kavanagh’s leadership.

Even though he is from Greater Manchester, in the 15 games he has officiated for Liverpool, we have won 13 and lost only 2. In fact, the Reds have won the last 6 games when he has been in charge of the refereeing. Hopefully, that will continue!

10. How to watch Liverpool vs. City live!

Live coverage of Man City vs. Liverpool begins at 11 a.m. (GMT) on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League in the UK, with kickoff scheduled for 12.30 p.m.

As usual, Sam Millne will be hosting our matchday live blog starting at 11.45 am, providing you with updates and entertainment throughout. If you’re in the mood for some opinionated commentary, stop by.

 

 

 

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