We look at a few stats to predict the match.
Liverpool have left all of their problems from the last season in the past and started the new season in a fresh way, with a bang. Jurgen Klopp’s men sit on the top of the league table with 14 points in six matches. With four wins and two draws, Liverpool remain the only unbeaten team in the league and would certainly look to keep it that way with a positive result over fellow title challengers Man City.
The Reds had a chance of extending their lead by three points at the top but failed to do so last weekend with a 3-3 draw with Brentford. They have the highest xG in the league with 16.93 and have scored the most goals(15), Mohamed Salah being the highest scorer with five goals. In return, they have only conceded four goals and three of them came last week. Liverpool lead mostly all the attacking metrics in the league and are by far the best attacking team in the league.
Since their defeat to Tottenham in the first match, Man City have had nearly a perfect start to the season. They sit on second just behind Liverpool in the table with 13 points. City have won four matches and drawn one in their last five and if they dream of retaining their title this season, they have to beat the closest rivals Liverpool on Sunday to overtake them to the top.
City have scored the third-most goals in the league with 12 from an xG of 13.08, second-most in the league. But more than their goal-scoring, they boast the best defence in the league who have not conceded a single goal since the opening weekend of the season. They have conceded just one goal so far. Sunday we witness the best attack go up against the best defence in the league.
Liverpool have taken the most shots on target inside the box(34) which clearly shows the menace their attackers have been to other defences in the league. Even in the match against Brentford, keeper David Raya had to save shots time and again from them. Jota, Mane and Salah have a habit of sneaking behind defenders unknowingly and City have a really big task in their hands to contain them.
Man City have the second-most shots on target inside with 29. They constantly troubled the Chelsea defence last weekend and snatched off a win by defending a one-goal lead. City loves to dominate possession and we have seen how Liverpool becomes slightly tentative and vulnerable when it comes to defence. They have failed to deal with set-pieces comfortably against Brentford and failed to keep up with the quick one-twos they played. Virgil van Dijk and co. face their biggest challenge of the season so far and have to be on top of their game to keep City at bay, winning the ball back higher up the pitch remains their best weapon.
City however need to deal with the quick counters and high pressing that Liverpool bring with them and an away match at Anfield is never an easy task.
Manchester City won their last league match against Chelsea but lost 2-0 to PSG midweek in the UCL while after a draw with Brentford, Liverpool thrashed Porto 1-5 away from home in the UCL totally changing the temperaments of both teams. Jurgen Klopp has defeated Pep Guardiola most times as a manager and would definitely want to add one more victory to that tally.
Pep Guardiola travel with the whole team fit to Liverpool while Klopp while miss both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago due to muscle injuries.
We guarantee you an intense, nail-biting encounter on the weekend with a 2-1 win prediction for the Reds.
Liverpool (4-3-3) : Alisson, Milner, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Jones, Mane, Jota, Salah.
Manchester City(4-3-3) : Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Grealish, Jesus, Mahrez.