Liverpool face Man City on New Year’s Eve

Game two of crazy Christmas season – this time up it’s Manchester City who visit Anfield. Klopp has recently told Sky Sports; “I love it. It’s the most challenging league in the world, one hundred per cent. There is six teams always who really can be champions here. You have this in no other country.”

The fact is, on paper the game against City will be just that – two teams who can be champions playing each other. But to the two teams fans it’s much more than that!! Life and death. The finesse and charm of Guardiola Vs. the Charismatic motivator of Klopp.

They are the Premier League’s highest and joint second-highest scorers this season with 84 league goals between them and, if their most recent matches are anything to go by, in no mood to slow down.

Guardiola spotted

Guardiola was spotted in the crowd against Stoke City on Tuesday night. There he was watching on as the Reds demolished Stoke. “I respect them a lot but I have not been to City’s stadium this season or last to watch games. Maybe they want to watch good football,” Klopp joked as he spoke to the media after the game. “Maybe Pep saw nothing tonight?” 

Liverpool moved back into second place in the Premier League table after goals from Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and an own goal from Giannelli Imbula. The win saw Liverpool leapfrog City who had recently beaten Hull City a day earlier.

“We are already looking forward. It’s a difficult game for both teams, but an exciting one. The best news for us is that it’s at Anfield,” Klopp commented. “What can I say, I’m really looking forward to it. They’re an outstanding side, we are not too bad. It’ll be a nice game.”

It will be interesting to see if the extra 24 hours rest will make any difference when they are both out on the field.

Klopp’s questions to answer;

  • Does Klopp play Mignolet over Karius again?
  • With Sturridge’s well taken goal on Tuesday night, does he now get the nod ahead of Origi?
  • Is Coutinho fit enough for a cameo role?

Starting line-up

​Simon Mignolet has just replaced Loris Karius in the starting lineup, and Klopp won’t be looking to change it any time soon. Whilst he hasn’t been performing at ‘World Class’ he is offering more stability than Karius had been.

Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner
Matip is set to still be out through injury, so it is likely Liverpool will go with the same back four as used in the 4-1 victory against Stoke.
The defence will be looking to put in another solid performance, as in the last three games they have only conceded one goal.

Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum
Liverpool’s midfield is set to be unchanged. Adam Lallana, in his current form, will not be dropped, as he has contributed massively to Liverpool’s good run – seven goals and six assists so far. The continuity of Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum will be massive against City’s impressive midfield.

Mané, Origi, Firmino
Coutinho is still out with his ankle injury suffered in November and Klopp has the decision of whether to stick with the pace of Divock Origi or start Daniel Sturridge – who scored his first Premier League goal this season against Stoke. It is likely Origi will start, making it an unchanged side.

It proves to be the biggest game of the season so far. We have beaten Chelsea and Arsenal and drawn against Man Utd. Let’s make it 10 points out of a possible 12.

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