Liverpool v Man City predictions and free football tips: City can make statement
Citizens favourites to triumph in Premier League clash at Anfield
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New signings Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak are in contention and Alisson (illness) could return but Sadio Mane and Fabinho are doubts while Naby Keita, Diogo Jota, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk are set to miss out.
No new injuries are reported but Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Nathan Ake remain sidelined.
Liverpool's title defence was rocked by their 1-0 loss at home to Brighton on Wednesday and they could be dealt another blow by leaders Manchester City, who look solid favourites to triumph at Anfield for the first time since May 2003.
City are notoriously effective front-runners and famously held off a superb Liverpool side by just one point in 2018-19 by registering 14 successive league wins.
Paddy Power are convinced that this season's race is effectively won and have paid out on City as title winners even though they still have 17 games left to play.
The Citizens hold a seven-point advantage over the Reds, despite having played one game fewer, and the extension of that gap to ten points would surely end the debate over which of the teams will finish higher.
City cannot afford to focus solely on Liverpool, but if they keep performing to the standards set since a convincing 3-1 success at Chelsea on January 3 they will be very difficult to stop.
It has not been plain sailing for Pep Guardiola's side, who looked well short of their best in the early months of the season and languished 13th after winning three of their opening eight games.
They have had to cope without star striker Sergio Aguero for most of the season and head to Merseyside without assist king Kevin De Bruyne, who continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
However, even the Belgian's absence has not had a major impact on a side who seem to grow in confidence with every passing week.
Coping without De Bruyne has been made easier by the rising prominence of Phil Foden.
The 20-year-old has started eight of City's ten games in 2020, scoring four times in that spell, and looks a strong candidate to return to the starting line up after being benched for Wednesday's 2-0 success at Burnley.
City have good options across the park and their strength in depth must be envied by Jurgen Klopp, who has been trying to paper over the widening cracks in his injury-ravaged squad.
Klopp has got used to operating with a makeshift defence but his attacking options have also been depleted with Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota sitting out the 1-0 loss to Brighton on Wednesday.
There was a worrying lack of tempo about Liverpool's midweek effort which allowed the Seagulls to see out the victory with relative ease.
Liverpool need to be a lot better to trouble City and Klopp should have a stronger squad to select from with new loan signing Ozan Kabak in contention and Alisson and Sadio Mane striving to be involved.
However, Klopp will still have to persist with many of the players involved in Wednesday's tired performance and it would be a surprise if his team avoided a third successive home defeat.
Manchester City have won their last 13 matches
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