Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview

Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview
Mar 2, 2016

Liverpool

Déjà vu, right? Just three days after the two sides met in the Capital One Cup final, Liverpool and Man City face off in the Premier League. After a rather stale 120 minutes of football at the weekend, Man City won the League Cup on penalties.

Liverpool will set out for revenge on Wednesday night, with a real chance to destroy the title hopes of Manchester City, who sit in 4th place, ten points off first place Leicester City. The Manchester side will be playing one of their two games in hand over the leaders. Liverpool have, depressingly, dropped into the bottom half of the table after Tuesday nights results…yay. But, with Jürgen Klopp in charge, and reports saying that FSG are set to give the German a war chest of £200 million in the summer, the future is looking bright for Liverpool Football Club.

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It was a heartbreaking weekend for Liverpool fans, and I promise I’ll try minimise the amount of times I bring it up, but the longer the season goes on, the further away the summer window seems. A win on Wednesday could really kickstart the push for a European place, but, is that what Liverpool really need next season? A Thursday night trip to Kazakstan before a 14:00 Sunday game in a season where Liverpool need to stop this rut of mediocrity over the past half a dozen years. Or, do Liverpool need a season out of Europe to focus on the league, like 2013/14? Whatever the case may be, tomorrow night Liverpool go up against arguably the best team in England, there needs to be a response after Sunday.

Team selection: Man City only have Yaya Toure out of action from Sunday, after he picked up a knock. Joe Hart is expected to return to the line-up, Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri are all still out of action with injuries. Lucas Leiva, who was amazing on the weekend, is out of action due to a muscle strain, surprisingly not due to a back strain after carrying the Liverpool defence through 120 minutes of football during the final. At the risk of frightening the life out of any Liverpool fan reading this, Daniel Sturridge looks like he’ll miss tonight’s game, after playing two hours in the final, he is struggling with cramp, which is expected after his long spell on the sidelines. Mamadou Sakho should be back after his clash of heads with Emre Can.

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