City make six changes from the side that beat Bristol City in midweek for this afternoon’s game against Liverpool.

David Silva is on the bench.

Team:

Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho (c), De Bruyne, Gundogan, Sane, Sterling, Aguero

Subs: Bravo, Zinchenko, Danilo, Mangala, D Silva, Bernardo, Diaz

Ilkay Gundogan will support Kevin De Bruyne in the creative department, accompanied by wingers Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.

Ederson, Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph, Kyle Walker and Sergio Aguero all return to the starting line-up.

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Tactics:

Expect City to play as per normal.

The press will be high, and the Blues will look to counter attack Liverpool whenever the opportunity arises – and it should, with the Reds also likely to press high and play their normal, expansive game.

The team that defends the best on the day are likely to win this game, with both attacks among the best forward lines in Europe.

Liverpool starting XI:

 

 

Milestones and facts

City could complete a first league double of Liverpool for 81 years with a win at Anfield – the last time we achieved this feat was in 1936/37!

The Blues’ woes at Anfield are well-documented – just two wins in the past 50 visits in all competitions, the last of which was in 2003.