The champions head to Anfield on Sunday fresh from their topsy-turvy opening weekend victory over Southampton, but after the loss through injury of Sergio Aguero there, Manchester City will have to change things up as they take on Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Luckily for them they’ve got the squad to cope.
The new Reds boss is still looking for the right personnel to fit into his system, and with a busy few days ahead before the closure of the transfer window, those players currently at his disposal will want to do all they can to stay in his plans.
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Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez will be back after missing the midweek Europa League trip to Hearts, but Daniel Agger – a transfer target for City all summer – will miss out after his red card in that loss at West Brom, while new signings Joe Allen, brought in from Swansea and Fabio Borini will want to impress on the full home debuts in the Premiership.
There’s no better way for them to make a name for themselves with the Kop than scoring against the Champions.
Roberto Mancini’s key selection decision centres on who replaces Aguero, who’ll miss the next three weeks. Edin Dzeko – who scored in the comeback against Southampton – is favourite to come in, although Mario Balotelli also stands by for a first start of the campaign.
The markets currently suggest that the match is likely to be a tight affair. City are slight favourites at 11/8 (Paddy Power) whilst Liverpool have been a popular bet around the 2/1 (Paddy Power) whilst the draw can be backed at 23/10 (Paddy Power).
Balotelli was sent off in the 1-1 draw between these two at Anfield last season, when City’s two defenders found themselves on the scoresheet. Vincent Kompany’s opener for the future champions was almost immediately cancelled out by an own goal from Joleon Lescott.
The sides drew 2-2 on Merseyside when Liverpool reached the final of the Carling Cup last season too, and so with recent history playing a part and no doubt with both sides keen to avoid defeat at all costs, another sharing of the spoils looks likely at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
With past results in mind, backing the draw looks the play here.