Champions Come To Anfield

Sahin, welcome to Anfield...
Liverpool welcome Mancini's side to Anfield on Sunday as they look to improve on their performance against West Brom last weekend. Most fans looking at this fixture would agree that anything is a bonus and so the pressure is somewhat off, this is the kind of game last season that we'd come out in and we always seemed to fair better against bigger opposition, but will it be the same again for Brendan this year?

Liverpool are without Daniel Agger who is serving a ban for the red card he picked up last weekend and Joe Cole is still out injured. It is believed Jose Enrique is available for selection again. Manchester City suffered a big blow after Aguero was ruled out with a knee injury. Also unavailable for City are Richards and Barry.

The last time the two sides met was in January this year when Liverpool secured their progression to the Carling Cup final at Wembley. Craig Bellamy was on the score sheet in the 2-2 draw.

Liverpool today have agreed a loan deal to bring Nuri Sahin to Anfield but I'm not so sure we'll see him on Sunday. Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard will surely get starts though after they were left at home for the Hearts game on Thursday night.

Stat Sandwich

  • Liverpool have only won 1 out of their last 5 league games.
  • Man City only conceded 17 goals on their travels last season.
  • Liverpool have won 50% of the last 20 meetings in the league between the two sides.

City have lost their top goalscorer from last season but you have to feel that firepower will only be replaced and quickly. The likes of Balotelli are a nightmare to deal with but in fairness to this Liverpool side trying to learn a new trade, our back four have been pretty strong for a while, Skrtel will also be very fresh as another player that wasn't used against Hearts.

On the prediction league I've gone for a 1-1 draw, I think perhaps this is more out of optimism but I do feel that we will score against City, I still think that in big games and at Anfield we go for it and that usually leads to a more exciting and therefore productive performance.

Enjoy the match folks!

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