Jürgen Klopp seems to have molded Liverpool into a swashbuckling attacking machine while Pep Guardiola has spent the summer changing his entire defense system, it’s a mouthwatering clash ahead.
Manchester City and Liverpool each harbour title hopes so this should offer a gauge of how close they may go. Last season’s corresponding match ended 1-1 and two years ago City suffered a 4-1 thrashing. Expect either manager to be jubilant with a mere 1-0 win. The odd for the game are : H 7-8 A 3-1 D 3-1, you can check out free bets UK before the game starts.
Last season Man City 1 Liverpool 1
Both sides sit in the top four after collecting seven points from their opening three games, though City are still seeking a first home win after being held to a 1-1 draw by Everton.
Conversely, Liverpool have won both their home games – including a 4-0 demolition of Arsenal – but drew their only away game in a chaotic 3-3 clash at Watford on the opening day of the campaign.
Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker returns from suspension for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool at the Etihad.
The England international missed City’s last-gasp 2-1 victory at Bournemouth before the international break having been sent off at home to Everton in their previous outing.
However, Walker – who City spent £50m to sign from Tottenham Hotspur in July – featured twice for England during the past week, and will return to Pep Guardiola’s back four against the Reds after serving his one-match domestic ban.
Guardiola, though, will be without captain Vincent Kompany after the centre-back sustained a calf injury while completing 90 minutes of Belgium’s hammering of minnows Gibraltar in World Cup qualifying last week.
“He played for Belgium, in Gibraltar, [when] they won 9-0. He had a little problem with his calf and I think he will not be available,” said Guardiola.
Liverpool, meanwhile, arrive at the Etihad sitting just two points behind their opponents in the table after the opening three games of the season, but without Philippe Coutinho in their squad.
The Brazilian returned to the club’s Melwood training ground on Thursday after flying home from South America in a private jet with club-mate Roberto Firmino, as well as the Manchester City trio Ederson, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus and Chelsea’s Willian.