Liverpool – Manchester City: It’s become the most-monitored match on the Premier League schedule and eyes will be trained on Anfield this Sunday when Manchester City visits Liverpool (start time 11:30am ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
If the reigning champion Reds were to lose a third-straight home game at Anfield — barely fathomable just weeks ago — they will fall 10 points behind Man City. And City will have played one fewer match.
Man City has not allowed a goal in 540 minutes and has won nine-straight Premier League matches as part of an 13-match unbeaten run.
Ahead of this game, the usual respect between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola has wavered slightly, as Klopp suggested that Man City had a two-week break due to COVID-19 protocols. Guardiola took exception to that and said he will discuss the matter with Klopp, as he didn’t think he was ‘that type of guy.’ Grab your popcorn.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Liverpool – Manchester City.
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Liverpool remains without Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, and Diogo Jota. Fabinho could return while Sadio Mane and Alisson Becker are question marks after missing out on the loss to Brighton.
Manchester City will be without Sergio Aguero as he continues to recover from COVID-19, while Kevin De Bruyne and Nathan Ake are also out.
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The Reds to face @ManCity 👊🔴
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 7, 2021
Your City line-up for Anfield! 💙
XI | Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, Sterling (C)
SUBS | Steffen, Jesus, Laporte, Torres, Mendy, Fernandinho, Garcia, Doyle, Bernabe
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 7, 2021
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
City is slightly favored at Anfield — yeah, you read that right — with +106 coming for a win and +255 for a draw, while Liverpool winning delivers +235.
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It almost feels silly to go against the champions at home again but City without Aguero and De Bruyne is a bit different than Liverpool without a volume of defenders. If the game is open, anything can happen, but we’ll peg both teams to score and the final to read Liverpool 1-3 Man City.
How to watch Liverpool – Manchester City stream and start time
Kick off: 11:30am ET Sunday
TV Channel: NBCSN
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com