Manchester City vs Liverpool

Manchester City vs Liverpool: LIVE updates – Express Sport brings you the latest updates from Anfield as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola’s sides face off in the standout Premier League clash of the season so far.

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So then, as expected from Liverpool, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain an option from the bench rather than replacing either Gini Wijnaldum or Jordan Henderson.

Virgil van Dijk features despite missing training earlier this week.

For Manchester City, both David Silva and Rodri return but only the latter makes the starting eleven.

No Ederson means Claudio Bravo makes his first Premier League appearance since the 2017-18 season.

Fernandinho starts at centre-back as City struggle with injuries, while Angelino is picked over Benjamin Mendy, who is absent altogether, at left-back.

David Silva starts on the bench with Bernardo Silva joining Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero in the visitors’ front three.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Subs: Adrian, Gomez, Milner, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Origi.

Man City: Bravo; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Angelino; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero.

Subs: Carson, Jesus, D. Silva, Mahrez, Cancelo, Otamendi, Foden

Pep Guardiola has not led his Manchester City side to a win at Anfield, losing three and drawing one with a negative aggregate of 8-3 in all competitions.

Speaking about the record, which has seen City win once at Anfield since 1983, Guardiola said: ““Statistics? I don’t think about much those, but a long time without winning shows how difficult it is to succeed at Anfield.

“Maybe Sunday, it will end. Life goes on. It’s a game and we will do what we have do to win try and win it.

“I cannot explain our record there. I can explain my periods there. In the last few minutes, we had a penalty to win at Anfield last season.

“It’s not easy to go to stadiums like Anfield. They are bigger stages and Liverpool are a good team – what can I say? Everybody knows it.”

Liverpool’s manager has been keen to avoid an off-field sparring match with Manchester City despite jibing back slightly about Pep Guardiola’s diving comments towards Sadio Mane.

Talking about the rivalry between the two sides, Klopp said: “From a sports point of view, it’s getting bigger and bigger.

“I am here for four years, so what can I say about traditions? If you speak about 50 or 60 years ago it could then be probably completely different, I don’t know exactly. But it’s not important.

“We live now and obviously Man City is a pretty good football team and that means, of course, there’s a rivalry. Thank God there is a rivalry because that means we are not in bad place as well.”

It’s the big one. It’s Sunday, it’s 4pm, it’s Anfield under the lights, it’s Liverpool, it’s Manchester City, it’s Jurgen Klopp, it’s Pep Guardiola… And it’s Express Sport taking you through every step of the way.

Team news for the most heavily-anticipated match of the season so far will be on its way shortly, as soon as the ink hits the paper.

If Liverpool win, they go nine points clear of main title rivals City; if City win, they close the gap to three.

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