Liverpool v Manchester City team news & preview

Roberto Mancini will get his second chance this season to see the mental strength that exists within his squad when he takes his side to Anfield to face Liverpool.

City come into his vital game on the back of a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Napoli midweek and will point to their 4-0 demolition of Blackburn on the opening weekend of October for inspiration.

That day at Ewood Park goals from Adam Johnson, Mario Balotelli, Samir Nasri and Stefan Savic helped City bounce back from the 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich and Mancini will be hoping for another three points this weekend.

Tomorrow has the potential to be a record breaker for City as a win at Anfield would be a club record eight top-flight victories in a row, whilst even a draw would be good enough for to make it 16 games unbeaten. In fact the blues have only dropped two points all season, the 2-2 draw away to Fulham, which came on the back of their first encounter with Napoli.

To make matters even sweeter a win for City would also move them 7 points clear at the top with Manchester United slipping up at home to Newcastle United.

However they haven’t won yet and it must be remembered that they have failed to win on their last 8 visits to Anfield and lost 3-0 last season, a game that saw Andy Carroll score his first goal for Liverpool.

Liverpool are slowly improving under Kenny Dalglish and are unbeaten at home so far this season. Despite the club clearly moving in the right direction, the inability to break down the lesser lights of the premier league, a trait that was evident during the Rafa Benitez era, continues to prove problematic as witnessed by the well earned points by Swansea, Norwich, and Sunderland on their visits to Anfield. The Reds have not lost since the 4-0 loss to Spurs in September and have claimed 15 points from a possible 21 in that time.

Team News:
Kenny Dalglish is unlikely to tinker with his side too much following last weekend’s impressive win at Stamford Bridge. That means that Jamie Carragher may have to settle once again for a place among the substitutes again.

Stewart Downing who was dropped for Maxi last weekend will be pushing for a recall however Steven Gerrard is still not fit to return from an ankle infection.

City meanwhile have no injury concerns following their trip to Italy although Carlos Tevez still remains out of the first-team picture.

There’s not much between the sides for a win with Betfair putting Liverpool at 2.8 and City 2.78 with the 3.45 on offer for a draw an attractive option

Squad lists:

Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Enrique, Kuyt, Adam, Lucas, Downing, Suarez, Bellamy, Doni, Kelly, Carragher, Spearing, Rodriguez, Henderson, Carroll.

Man City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Richards, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, K Toure, Savic, Clichy, Kolarov, Nasri, Milner, Barry, De Jong, Y Toure, Johnson, Silva, Balotelli, Aguero, Dzeko.


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