Fabinho Starts - Liverpool Team vs Manchester City Confirmed

Tanya Simon
November 10, 2019

City can't afford to lose and Liverpool may be frightened of losing so it could be a bit more cagey than some are expecting.

Liverpol have not lost at Anfield against Manchester City since 2003 and a win would allow the Reds to equal the top flight record of eleven wins and a draw after 12 matches in a season. The most important thing is they are still yet to lose a Premier League game and they will be hoping to maintain that run for as long as possible.

The stakes could not be higher in the Premier League context, with extra colour being added to the backdrop by what appears to be an increasingly fractious relationship between the two clubs on course to conduct English football's greatest rivalry, fought out at home and overseas, for years to come.

Henderson was rested for the mid-week Champions League, but the Liverpool captain should return for this key clash.

Revitalised since Klopp took charge four years ago, Liverpool have not lost a home game in the Premier League since April 2017.

"I think, in the ideal scenario, you want players that are playing Champions League football, playing in matches where they're pushing to win trophies because the extra pressure that comes with those games is what you have to deal with with England", Southgate said.

"It's not [about] adapting, it's because they are good", Guardiola said.

Shock away defeats against Everton and Wolves before the end of March didn't come back to haunt City, as the coasted to the league title at the end of May, despite drawing three of their last five games.

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It could be more". "I'm going to let captain decide who plays with who and once we get there, decide on the golf course". That's where the global team notched their only victory - against 10 defeats and one draw - in 1998.

"But it changed the way we saw games against them from that moment". Anything other than a win and it is still game-on for both teams.

Klopp had opted to leave out two of his three star attackers from the starting XI against Genk in the midweek, with both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino getting only a few minutes from the bench.

It is, on this occasion, a game unlikely to be characterised by caution.

"Do City and Liverpool play tactics here?"

Guardiola admits he can not offer any magic bullet to explain away City's dire record at Anfield, with a Nicolas Anelka inspired 2-1 win in 2003 their only successful trip since 1981. Klopp responded by promising not to mention the "tactical fouls" City have been accused of making under Guardiola - while, of course, mentioning them.

It was the first sign of any underlying public tension involving the two managers.

A win this weekend and Liverpool become massive favourites for the title. Liverpool were reported to have paid a £1m settlement, although without the club or any individuals accepting any liability or wrongdoing.

It is set to be the latest gripping chapter in the great new rivalry in English football.

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