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Liverpool vs Man City: Reds can revive title challenge

Kick-off: 1630, 07/02/2021

Stadium: Anfield

TV: Sky Sports

All the momentum is with Manchester City at Anfield, but we’re backing Liverpool to breathe new life into the Premier League title race during this topsy-turvy season.

Despite the Reds’ recent struggles, especially on home turf, and City’s 13-match winning run in all competitions, we believe this is still a 50-50 contest on paper.

That makes 12/5 for the hosts to prevail too tempting to turn down for our first Liverpool vs Man City prediction.

A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds

First let’s get Liverpool’s miserable run of results on Merseyside out of the way, because that does not make good reading.

Frustrating draws with West Brom and Manchester United have been followed by 1-0 losses to Burnley and Brighton, blowing away the aura of fortress Anfield.

A proud record that saw the Reds go unbeaten for almost four years at this venue in the league is in tatters, but all is not lost.

Recent away wins at Tottenham and West Ham showed some spark still remains in Jurgen Klopp’s side, with six goals scored in those games.

Defender Andy Robertson declared: “We need to get our form back, we need to get back to the Liverpool that everyone knows.

“We need to put in performances on a consistent basis, it’s no good doing it one or two games in a row and then having a slip.

“That’s the only way you get Champions League football, that’s the only way you get trophies. That’s what we need to get back to, starting Sunday.

“It’s a big game, they’re flying and playing really well just now, but we don’t turn into a bad team overnight and we’ll be ready come Sunday.”

Constant readjustments to patch up an injury-ravaged defence haven’t helped, but the arrival of Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak should help Klopp to get key midfielders back in their best positions.

Alisson, Fabinho and Sadio Mane could return after missing the midweek debacle and we’re hoping Sunday’s line-up and formation has a far more familiar feel.

Looking at the Liverpool vs Man City odds, we like 4/1 for a home win and both teams to score.

Last Liverpool line-up: Kelleher, Robertson, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Milner, Henderson, Shaqiri, Firmino, Salah.

A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds

Following a shaky start to the campaign, City have put together a long winning streak which has seen them storm to the top of the table and close in on more cup silverware.

Getting things right at the back has been the key to their current hot streak, which continued with a 2-0 triumph over Burnley at Turf Moor.

That was a 16th clean sheet in 20 outings since they last tasted defeat at Tottenham back in November.

Reflecting on how the Blues have turned things around in such clinical fashion, Raheem Sterling said: “It’s togetherness.

“You see how difficult it’s been for not just us, but everyone. It’s about grinding results out and that’s what we’ve been doing.

“The more you win, the better you feel and that’s what we’ve done. We’ve been on a good run and we need to continue that now.”

However, it has to be taken into consideration that City have benefited from a favourable schedule.

Nine straight league victories have featured just two wins over opponents in the top half of the table, including ninth-placed Aston Villa.

This clash kicks off a much tougher run of fixtures and Pep Guardiola is still without key playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

This may just be a shock to the system and we’re going for a 2-1 home win at 11/1 to finish off our Liverpool vs Man City betting tips.

Last City line-up: Ederson, Dias, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodri, Silva, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez.

City are still without record goalscorer Sergio Aguero, De Bruyne is absent with a hamstring injury and defender Nathan Ake also remains on the sidelines with a muscular problem.

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Last result:

LIVERPOOL 0-1 Brighton

Burnley 0-2 MAN CITY – Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling

Head-to-head: Man City 1-1 Liverpool, Man City 4-0 Liverpool, Liverpool 3-1 Man City, Liverpool 1-1 Man City, Man City 2-1 Liverpool, Liverpool 0-0 Man City

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