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Manchester City vs Liverpool: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Manchester City have not beaten Liverpool since Jurgen Klopp took charge of the Reds in the Premier League, with Klopp’s only defeat to the Citizens coming in the League Cup final in 2016. Both sides have already put themselves in the top four and will be desperate to keep the pressure up on Manchester United at the top of the league when they meet on Saturday lunchtime.

Recent form

Manchester City have got off to an unconvincing start to the season, with only one first half goal from three games. Having beaten newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion, they fought back to equalise against Everton despite playing much of the game with ten men. Most recently, Raheem Sterling completed an injury time comeback to beat Bournemouth.

Liverpool didn’t get off to an ideal start in the Premier League with an opening day draw against Watford, but they have impressed since with a win over Crystal Palace and Champions League wins over German side Hoffenheim. The pinnacle was their 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal at Anfield in their last fixture.

Likely line-ups

John Stones and Sergio Aguero are likely to return for Manchester City, though Vincent Kompany made a claim for a spot in the starting eleven against Bournemouth. Danilo’s disappointing defensive display should see Kyle Walker walk straight back into the side.

Liverpool are likely to go unchanged, with potential debutant Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain likely to be forced to watch on from the bench, potentially alongside Philippe Coutinho.

Team news

Raheem Sterling will serve a suspension after picking up two yellow cards in injury time alongside his late winner against Bournemouth. That will rob him of the chance to face his former side, with the game coming too soon for midfield duo Fabian Delph and Ilkay Gundogan as they overcome leg and knee injuries.

Liverpool too face only long term absences, with Adam Lallana’s thigh problem likely to keep him out until November or December. Nathaniel Clyne’s back concerns will see him sidelined into the new year.

Match prediction: Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool

Both sides are capable of producing immense quality or absolutely shambolic defending, so it could go either way. Liverpool’s deadline day boost and impressive win over Arsenal could give them the mental edge compared to a City side who missed out on top target Alexis Sanchez.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Liverpool missing out on Yerry Mina looks a mistake after World Cup showing

Liverpool had been linked with a loan move for Mina but he looks set for Real Betis.

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Earlier this summer Liverpool were linked with the loan move of Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Back in May, it seemed as though he was definitely Anfield bound. As reported by talkSPORT, a TV presenter in Spain had suggested his loan move to Liverpool for the season was done.

That, of course, did not prove to be the case. Now, it is suggested the Liverpool target is going elsewhere. The Colombian is, according to reports, off to Real Betis. As reported by El Desmarque, the La Liga side are on the cusp of completing a loan deal for the player which will include an option to buy at the end of the season.

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Based on the evidence of last night at the World Cup, Liverpool are definitely missing out.

Mina, who cost Barca £10.5 million in January, put in a fantastic display for Colombia against Poland in Russia yesterday. Brought in to replace Valencia’s Jeison Murillo the youngster formed a fantastic partnership with Tottenham Hotspur youngster Davinson Sanchez at the heart of defence for Colombia.

Fast, strong and imposing in the air the 23-year-old looked every inch the Premier League defender.

He even found his way onto the scoresheet. He excellently nodded home James Rodriguez’s beautiful lofted cross to give Colombia the lead.

What Liverpool fans saw was the perfect option to provide a challenge to Dejan Lovren for the partnership with Virgil van Dijk. Unfortunately, it seems he will be heading elsewhere.

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Fans still divided on Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson despite excellent England showing

Jordan Henderson was excellent for England again but the Liverpool man struggles to win over fans.

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There are always players among the England national team that seem to divide opinion. Right now, Jordan Henderson appears to be that player. The Liverpool captain is continuously criticised for his performances by fans of both England and Liverpool.

The main criticism is that Henderson is too negative. He is always looking to play the ball backwards or sideways and never forward. Henderson is limited in ability, negative in style and a waste of a shirt number. That is often the criticism.

Others completely disagree. Henderson is the pendulum of the Liverpool and England team. He sets a tempo from midfield and is always available as an out ball. He does play forward passes, often in behind defences to test them and move territory into the opposition third.

These are the fans who believe Henderson has come on leaps and bounds under Jurgen Klopp’s tutelage at Liverpool.

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Based on his form so far at the World Cup, those people are right. Henderson was brilliant against Tunisia in the opening game. He was even better today, as England swept aside Panama 6-1.

Henderson put in a fantastic display for 90 minutes, covering more ground than any other player in sizzling heat. He was often positive in his passing and showed his natural leadership qualities, even if Harry Kane wears the armband.

But once again, fans are divided. It seems Henderson may always be ‘that’ player for England. The easy one to blame, the scapegoat.

Unless he can carry on his excellent form and bring ‘it’ home. Then fans will have to love the Liverpool star…

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Liverpool should be glad to have missed out on goalkeeper Andriy Lunin

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After Champions League final calamity, the general consensus seemed to be that Liverpool would target a goalkeeper as one of their top priorities this summer. To date, that has not proven to be the case.

The Mirror say that the Reds made a last ditch attempt to sign 19-year-old Andriy Lunin from Zorya Luhansk, only for the Ukrainian international to instead go ahead and join, of all people, the side who so cruelly highlighted Lorius Karius’ weaknesses in the Champions League final in Kiev – Real Madrid.

Liverpool fans may be left cursing their luck at missing out on a target, but they should be seeing the missed opportunity as a blessing in disguise.

There can be no doubt that Lunin is a talented player. After all, an international with two years of first team experience yet to celebrate his 20th birthday is a rare find.

A dominant presence in the box and accomplished with the ball at his feet, Lunin has many attributes to become one of the best around in only a short while.

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But the truth is that Liverpool need an improvement in goal immediately. Lunin lacks the experience or the quality to do that, so it is hard to see what role he would have if he had moved to Anfield this summer.

One option is that he would have served as back-up, potentially replacing Simon Mignolet, and playing cup competitions whilst Loris Karius remains number one until Lunin is ready. Whilst a nice idea, it does not resolve a problem position for at least another two to three seasons and Karius’ Liverpool career could be in a vastly different position in that time.

Equally, with Karius, Mignolet, Danny Ward and even Adam Bogdan all under contract, it is hard to imagine that the Reds would bring Lunin in alongside another goalkeeper to act as a new number one. If so, it would be some substantial turnaround, the kind that Jurgen Klopp has been keen to avoid.

Now, Liverpool fans may feel disappointed to have missed out, but if it brings a stark improvement in goal come the end of the transfer window in August, it could well be worth the wait.

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