On the surface, this game is about revenge. But looking at the table, both teams desperately need three points as Manchester City travels to Anfield to take on Liverpool at 3:00 p.m. ET, live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.
The Reds are without Daniel Sturridge, who suffered severe cramps at the end of the Cup final loss to City over the weekend. Liverpool also lost Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Levia in that game due to injury. Thankfully, Dejan Lovren returns to start alongside Kolo Toure, and Martin Skrtel is in the squad for the first time since going down December 20, named to the bench. Jon Flanagan also returns to the starting lineup, just his second appearance this season and first in the Premier League.
For City, Joe Hart returns in goal despite the penalty heroics from Willy Caballero. Yaya Toure misses out thanks to a foot injury, with Fernando in his place. Raheem Sterling also starts against his former club despite a number of bad misses just a few days ago.
Liverpool is unbeaten in their last 12 meetings against Manchester City at Anfield, with City’s last win there coming in 2003. In contrast, Liverpool has not won at home in the 2016 calendar year, while Manchester City has seven clean sheets away from home this season, the best mark in the Premier League.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Flanagan, Henderson, Can, Milner, Lallana, Firmino, Origi.
Subs: Ward, Skrtel, Moreno, Allen, Ibe, Coutinho, Benteke.
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, Kompany, Otamendi, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero
Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Demichelis, Kolarov, Bony, Iheanacho, Mangala