Premier League Preview: Manchester City vs. Liverpool

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  • Neither side has swept series since 2005-06
  • Liverpool leads all-time series 83W-44D-44L
  • City unbeaten at home in league vs Reds since 2008

Jurgen Klopp puts his unbeaten record against Manchester City on the line Saturday when Liverpool visits the Etihad Stadium (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra).

We aren’t being cheeky here, as Klopp beat and drew City with Borussia Dortmund during the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League.

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Klopp is 3W-3D-1L as Reds boss, and gets a big test with this visit to the Etihad. The Citizens are tied atop the Premier League table, and haven’t lost in their last five matches.

Hopefully the game will see the firepower of both Sergio Aguero and Daniel Sturridge, who are fighting to return to the lineups of their respective powers.

What they’re saying

Sergio Aguero on hoping to face Jurgen Klopp: “I’ve stated before that it’s a good thing that the best players and managers come to England – it makes it one of the most competitive tournaments in the whole world. Klopp did a great job at Dortmund and that secured his spot in the Premier League. I’m sure he’ll have the time he needs to adapt. The truth is playing against tougher opponents makes us all better at our jobs.”

Daniel Sturridge on his hopeful return to the Liverpool lineup: “I’m fit and ready to go and it’s going to be a great time for me. It’s been great under the new manager. I’ve been back training for the past couple of days and I was training when he first arrived.”

Prediction

Hard to make a true prediction with the status of two major stars up in the air, and while Klopp will have a good plan for battling City’s firepower, we think there’s still an advantage to the Man City set’s having been playing under Manuel Pellegrini for so long (and being at home). City 2-1.