A preview of the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield, filmed on location in Liverpool City Centre.
Gareth Roberts is joined by Joel Richards…
Here are some stats and facts ahead of the game:
- 1st v second; 14 points plays 13 points; same goal difference
- They lost to Spurs 1-0 and drew with Southampton 0-0
- Good win v Chelsea (1-0) followed by defeat away to PSG in Champions League (2-0)
- Bookies are making them favourites and you can get 2/1 for a Liverpool victory
- The Reds are top of the league — and the only side still unbeaten — yet are third favourites to win the title behind City and Chelsea.
- Last win is November 2019 – there have been two heavy defeats; 4-0 there, 4-1 at Anfield.
- It’s a shame that our long-term record v them has gone, who didn’t love referencing Kevin Keegan and Nicolas Anelka as the last time they had come here and won.
- Both the recent defeats have a heavy ‘they didn’t count’ vibe — the big defeat at their place comes after winning the league for the first time in 30 years, their big win at Anfield comes with no fans in the ground.
- Their own manager references the atmosphere at Anfield regularly. And they still haven’t won at Anfield with a crowd in since that Anelka double game in 2003 (18 years ago).
- Before the 4-1 win at Anfield last season, City had got nothing from 17 league games at Anfield (lost 12, drawn 5)
- Liverpool have won just won of their last seven PL games v City (D2 L4) beating City 3-1 at Anfield in November 2019.
- The Reds are top scorers in the league with 15 scored so far but Man City have only conceded one goal so far, keeping a clean sheet in each of their last five
- Liverpool are unbeaten in 16 league games (W12 D4) – the longest run in the top four tiers of English football.
- The Reds conceded more goals in their 3-3 draw at Brentford than they had in their previous eight league games combined (2).
- Man City haven’t faced a shot on target in three of their last six Premier League games so far (v Norwich, Arsenal and Chelsea) – the same number of games they didn’t face a single attempt on target
- Pep Guardiola has lost more games against Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (eight) than he has against any opposing manager in his career.
- Of sides Guardiola has faced at least 10 times in all competitions, his win rate v Liverpool is the lowest (30.8% – W4 D4 L5).
- Mo Salah has been directly involved in six goals in his five appearances against Manchester City in all competitions, scoring four and assisting two.
- Raheem Sterling has scored in two of his last three PL games v Liverpool after failing to score in his first eight against The Reds.
- Five of Diogo Jota’s 12 Premier League goals for Liverpool have been headers (42%).