Liverpool v Manchester City in numbers

Doyle BarkerDec 31, 2016

The England global scored Liverpool's fourth goal in a 4-1 win against Stoke City at Anfield on Tuesday evening as the Reds hoisted themselves up to second place in the Premier League table. It will also be the first time Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, two of the Premier League's elite managers and rivals from spells in Germany, have faced each other in England.

"I think it will be a little bit about how we protect our own attacks because both teams are pretty good on the counter-attack", Klopp said on Friday.

2016 ENDS WITH a mouth-watering meeting between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield, as both sides aim to keep in touch with runaway leaders Chelsea.

Italian manager Conte said: "We have only played 18 games".

"They have got better since past year but we are getting better too".

Man City sit just a point behind Liverpool in third place, and can move into second if they leave Merseyside with three points. After conceding seven times in their two defeats, they conceded only once in their three wins.

When asked whether he felt Liverpool were genuine title contenders, the Spanish tactician told reporters: "Yes, they [Liverpool] are a contender, definitely".

Sane has failed to recover from the knock that saw him miss the last game, while Kompany remains sidelined with a knee problem he picked up in the win at Crystal Palace in November.

Liverpool v Manchester City in numbers

The 28-year-old was given the ban for a risky challenge on David Luiz in City's game with Chelsea at the beginning of December. In case of a loss, City will drop four points behind Liverpool and ten behind Chelsea, if they win at home against Stoke.

"They have a lot of good players who can score goals, even players on the bench who can come on and score goals, so I don't think there is a big difference".

"I don't usually say anything about transfer rumours but I can make an exception".

Matip returned for the 2-2 draw with West Ham but failed to make the squad again for the victories over Burnley, Everton and Stoke City thanks to another knock.

"The start of the game was really hard, because the plan of Stoke was to press really high especially with the two strikers".

Liverpool added another goal in the 70th minute as Stoke's Ryan Shawcross's clumsy back pass was intercepted by Daniel Sturridge.

Liverpool are aiming to reach the pinnacle of English and European football under "world-class" Jurgen Klopp, according to captain Jordan Henderson. "We know about our quality, but obviously we don't show it all the time", he continued.

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