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The mind boggling stats of Haaland
The Norwegian striker has a goal average of 1.67 goals per game in the Premier League this season. At this rate, he will score 64 goals by the end of the season. He currently has 15 goals in nine matches.
Liverpool slips another place in the points table
Liverpool has dropped to the 12th place in the points table after West Ham United drew against Southampton and collected a point. Liverpool has 10 points off eight games. A win tonight could see the side move to 8th spot.
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City
The two teams faced each other in the F.A. Community Shield match in August. Trent Alexander Arnold, Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez scored for the Reds. Julian Alvarez got the consolation goal for City.
Last Premier League games
Liverpool – Lost 2-3 vs Arsenal
Manchester City – Won 4-0 vs Southampton
Manchester City: W-W-W-D-W
Premier League Table
Liverpool has been struggling in the Premier League this season and has won just two out of its eight matches. It sits in 11th place with just 10 points.
Manchester City is just one point behind Arsenal, the league topper, in 2nd place with 23 points. It is also unbeaten this season.
In the Premier League, the sides have faced each other 52 times. Liverpool has won 21 matches, City has won 11, while 20 have ended as draws.
The Viking in Premier League
Man City fans will be elated after seeing the Norwegian in the starting line up. It was a no brainer actually. The striker had been rested midweek which was a clear hint of him starting today. Haaland has 15 goals in nine matches in the Premier League, so far.
Playing XIs out
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson – Gomez, van Dijk, Milner, Robertson – Fabinho, Elliot, Thiago – Firmino, Salah, Jota.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson – Cancelo, Ake, Dias, Akanji- Rodri, de Bruyne, Gundogan – Bernardo Silva, Foden, Haaland.
Arsenal leading at Elland Road
Lead leader Arsenal is 1-0 up against Leeds United at half-time. The win for the Gunners will ensure that it will remain top of the table. A draw or a loss, followed by a Manchester City win could see the week end with the Mancunians leading the Premier League table.
Lineups out shortly
The playing XIs of both teams are expected to be released in the next few minutes. Liverpool is facing an injury crisis and will bve fielding a depleted back line. City will hope to start Haaland after he was benched mid week against Copenhagen.
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Alisson – Gomez, van Dijk, Fabinho, Robertson – Henderson, Thiago – Firmino, Salah, Jota – Nunez.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson – Cancelo, Ake, Dias, Gomez – Rodri, de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva – Grealish, Foden, Haaland.
Manchester City travels to Liverpool in a meeting of the Premier League’s most dominant teams of the past four years.
But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp goes into the game facing major questions over his ability to keep pace with Pep Guardiola after a difficult start has his team 13 points adrift of the reigning champion.
Klopp insists Liverpool is out of the title race — even at such an early stage — but Guardiola claims it remains City’s greatest threat at the top.
Focus will again be on Erling Haaland, the newest sensation in the Premier League who has scored 15 goals in just nine appearances for City.
Liverpool will hope that Mohamed Salah can ride high on the back of his fastest Champions League hat-trick during the week, against Rangers, and emulate the form in the English top flight.
-with inputs from AP
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
The Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield will kick-off at 4:30 PM BST or 9:00 PM IST on Sunday, October 16.
The match will be live telecast on Star Sports Select HD in India. The live streaming will be available on the Disney+ Hotstar app.