Match Preview

Premier League
Premier League
Sunday 3 October 2021
Kickoff at 16:30 BST
Anfield, Anfield Rd, Liverpool L4 0TH
UK - Sky Sports
UK Radio - BBC Radio 5 Live
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Everything you need to know ahead of our Premier League showdown with Liverpool...

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Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden return to City’s starting XI for our Premier League trip to Liverpool.

Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling revert to the bench as Pep Guardiola’s side go in search of what would be a second successive league win at Anfield.

Our back line and midfield is once again unchanged from the line ups that performed so well at both Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

Ruben Dias is again entrusted with the captain's armband.

LINE UPS:

City: Ederson, Walker, Dias (c), Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Grealish, Jesus, Foden

Subs: Steffen, Carson, Stones, Ake, Sterling, Torres, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Palmer

Liverpool: Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Jones, Salah, Jota, Mane

Subs: Konate, Keita, Firmino, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Tsimikas, Kelleher, N Williams

When and where

Our Premier League trip to Anfield takes place on Sunday 3 October with kick-off scheduled for 16:30pm (UK).

The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event in the UK, while those living elsewhere can find out how to tune in by checking out our global TV listings at the foot of this page.

Minute-by-minute coverage is also available in our Matchday Centre on mancity.com and the official Man City app, or you can follow the key moments on Twitter: @ManCity.

Highlights from the match can also be found later in the evening, while CITY+ subscribers can also enjoy a full-match replay from midnight on Sunday.

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Matchday Live

Former City duo and England internationals David James and Joleon Lescott will be special guests for this Sunday’s edition of our live show, which gets underway at 15:30pm.

The pair made a combined total of 260 appearances for the Club, and will offer their thoughts on Pep Guardiola’s current crop, predictions ahead of kick-off plus plenty of other City-centric anecdotes and insight throughout proceedings.

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James and Lescott will reconvene for a quick half-time debrief, before returning for more in-depth analysis of all the game’s twists and turns after the final whistle.

Available on all digital platforms including our Matchday Centre, our live show is a must-watch for supporters who enjoy a City-centric feel to their match coverage.

Pep Guardiola preview

Pep Guardiola expressed his satisfaction with his team’s current form at his Friday press conference.

The outstanding win at Chelsea was followed by an excellent display in Paris – even though the hosts triumphed on the night – and the City boss is hoping his players can maintain their levels going into Sunday’s game and beyond.

“Our level was so great, huge in these two games,” he said.

“Despite the result in France, the performance was excellent. Same at Stamford Bridge and hopefully we can continue for nine more months ahead of us.

“Since I arrived here – the first year maybe not, but after we won 100 points - Liverpool always were there.

“Last season they had big problems with injuries in the same position.

“We were excellent again last season. Both teams are there all the time. Both clubs and organisations can say all the time we were there. This is the important thing. But we know there are many teams who can fight for Premier League.”

Pep also paid tribute to Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp who he says has helped him become a better manager over the past few years.

When asked for his pinion of the German, Pep said: “He helped me. His teams and Jurgen helped me become a better manager.

“He put me on another level, to think about it and prove myself to be a better manager and try to beat them.

“This is the reason why we're still in this business. Some managers make a challenge to make you step forward.

“We did it in Germany when we tried to face each other. Here in England we are many years together, in many competitions and we face many times, sometimes we win sometimes lose, but it’s nice because both teams have the same idea - score goals.

“They are quicker than us but we both try to win the game.”

If you’re unable to follow live, rest assured that a comprehensive written review and full video replay can be accessed soon after the boss has finished answering the media’s questions.

Keep across mancity.com and the official app for further updates from Guardiola at 22:30pm (UK) on Saturday 2 October.

WATCH: Match highlights: PSG v City

Last time out

Our most recent match saw City edged out by Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes in our second Champions League Group A clash of the season.

An early strike from Idrissa Gueye was built on by a sumptuous solo effort from Lionel Messi, ensuring the hosts ran out 2-0 winners despite Pep Guardiola’s men enjoying the majority of the play.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva both hit the bar in a frantic first half, with PSG stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma at his best throughout to prevent City from finding a route back into the game.

English Premier League
2 Liverpool Liverpool 7 4 3 0 17 6 11 15 DWWDD
3 Manchester City Man City 7 4 2 1 14 3 11 14 WWDWD
4 Manchester United Man United 7 4 2 1 14 6 8 14 WWWLD

Form Guide

Defeat to PSG aside, City travel to Anfield with a hugely impressive record in tow.

Pep Guardiola’s men have kept five successive Premier League clean sheets, and deservedly ran out 1-0 winners at European Champions Chelsea in our last domestic encounter.

Nonetheless, Liverpool boast a similarly impressive record, putting Porto to the sword in midweek three days after a thrilling 3-3 draw with Premier League newcomers Brentford.

The Reds sit top of the table with four wins and two draws from their opening six matches, with City currently one place and one point behind.

WATCH: Liverpool 1-4 City: Short highlights

Previous meeting

City claimed a resounding first win at Anfield since 2003 in our last encounter with Liverpool back in February.

Ilkay Gundogan made up for a first half penalty miss by smashing home on the rebound early in the second 45 after Phil Foden’s initial effort was parried into a dangerous area by Alisson.

But the hosts drew level just after the hour when Mohamed Salah converted from the spot after going down in the box under the attentions of Ruben Dias.

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Undeterred, City immediately looked to regain the advantage and were rewarded in the 73rd minute when Gundogan was again on hand to tap home Foden’s cutback from the right after a mistake from Liverpool’s goalkeeper.

Things went from bad to worse for Alisson soon after, with Liverpool’s number one gifting possession to Bernardo Silva three minutes later, who laid on for Raheem Sterling to make it three.

And the rout was complete when Foden got the goal his standout performance deserved, cutting in from the right before rifling a ferocious effort into the roof of the net with ten to play.

Match officials

Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Lee Betts, Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth official: Mike Dean
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Assistant VAR: Marc Perry.

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