Liverpool traveled to face Manchester City in a massive premier league game on Sunday evening in what was a massive game for both teams chances of finishing in top 4. Liverpool needed somthing from this game to keep themselves in good position ahead of chasing pack of United and Arsenal while City could make their lives easier with a win going into the business end of the season. Both teams played out a very exciting 0-0 draw where both had chances, some good ones, penalty shouts some last-ditch effort stops and what not. However the game was still goal less at the break.
Manchester City 0-1 Liverpool Highlights
[ English Premier League 2017 Match ]
51′ 0 – 1 James Milner scored from penalty spot after referee Michael Oliver had given Liverpool the penalty
Match Preview & Team News: Pep Guardiola’s City were humbled out of Champions League in the hands of AS Monaco who defeated City 3-1 in second leg of their champions league round of 16 tie. Now Guardiola has to put all attention back in premier league and try to finish in top 4 otherwise will be a disastrous season for City.
Jurgen Klopp on the other hand has a clear run of fixtures from now to end of the season without any distractions of cup competitions and 3 wins of last 4 premier league games have kind put them in a good position to finish in top four going into the business end of the season.
Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City – 31 December 2017
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
8′ 1 – 0 Georginio Wijnaldum scored with a superb header after Adam Lallana put in a nice cross from the left.
Liverpool on the other hand played with full strength team against Augsburg and a Daniel Sturridge continue to play 60 odd minutes after recovering from series of injuries which kept him out for best part of last 1 year. He is likely to start upfront with Coutinho and Firmino playing on either flanks. Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and James Milner should start in midfield.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup in the premier league game on Wednesday night
Recent Form & Predictions: If Chelsea were to win their game this weekend they will go 9 points clear at top for atleast a few hours until Liverpool play City and if City-Liverpool finish in draw or city winning it will wrap up a superb first half of the season for Chelsea. So a win for Liverpool is pivotal for their title challenge. I can see this game ending in a draw with both teams to get on score-sheet.
Preview Match Review: Liverpool on the other hand had a good weeks rest as they were not involved in the FA Cup last week which gives them slight advantage and they can play there pressing game for best part of 90 minutes. I am going with a narrow win for Liverpool on this one, Although City have better players but they just don’t seem to bother anymore since Pep Guardiola is announced as their new manager.
Liverpool might have lost the League Cup final in the hands of Manchester City last Sunday but they were unfazed when they hosted City on Wednesday night at Anfield. Liverpool started the game much stronger and scored twice before the break to put City pretty much out of the game and end their title challenge. Adam Lallana scored the opening goal in 34th minute while James Milner added second just before the halftime.
Adam Lallana had a great first half and he ended up getting on the scoresheet with a sweat finish in 34th minute. Former City man James Milner will be delighted after he added second of the night for Liverpool.