Kevin De Bruyne misses Manchester City’s trip to Liverpool

Kevin De Bruyne misses Manchester City’s trip to Liverpool

Kevin De Bruyne misses Manchester City’s trip to Liverpool

The Premier League's two title favorites huffed and puffed but, ultimately, neither team was able to blow the house down at Anfield. Michael Cox and Alan Thompson preview the action.

The Pharaohs star has scored just three goals in his first seven Premier League games this season, with question marks hanging over his ability to reproduce the form that saw him finish as the competition's leading scorer with a record 32 goals last term.

Does Klopp have the upper hand over Guardiola?

Guardiola acknowledged that his side had chosen to lower the tempo in the game to limit the potency of Liverpool's attack. We shouldn't forget City's 5-0 destruction of Liverpool in early September a year ago, but that came was affected by Sadio Mane's early red card, and Liverpool had dominated the opening stages. The duo of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk have complemented each other well and should start at the heart of the defence. Let's get it out in the open.

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"They have good players and a good way to play". At home, the performances are fantastic and the supporters really help the players.

Guardiola's team selection is, as ever, much trickier to forecast. I used to work alongside him at the FA.

"The support was nearly like a 12th man and it felt like that against the Austrian team".

It was feared the Belgian could be out for three months after suffering a knee injury in August.

Two wingers, or two strikers?

Raheem Sterling will be relishing his return to Anfield, and the England attacker is likely to be handed a starting role on Sunday evening.

"We lost the first two matches against Manchester City and Chelsea", he said.

Guardiola's haul of silverware does dwarf that of Klopp - with 27 major trophies compared to the German's five - but the City boss has considerable respect for his Liverpool counterpart.

But for one reason or another, Aguero is yet to score at the home of Liverpool in nine appearances for both Manchester City and Atletico Madrid.

However, there were no such scenes this time around as Liverpool fans traditionally only line the streets in their thousands for big European matches.

The unbeaten Edinburgh side are eight points clear of Rangers going into Sunday's match. Manchester City is always tough, even when we won 3-0 in the Champions League. "We hope we can finish that (unbeaten) run".

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