The biggest game in premier league on New Years eve as second and third place teams in the league went head to head in a bid to close the gap to Chelsea. Liverpool started stronger as expected and found themselves a goal up inside first 10 minutes thanks to Wijnaldum who towered above Kolarov to head home the opener on Lallana’s brillian cross from the left. Man City never got going in first 45 minutes but it was all to play for in second half.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Highlights
[ 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.
Match Preview & Team News: Liverpool are coming into this game on the back of a impressive 4-1 win over Stoke City where they came from a goal down to blitz past Stoke in midweek and it all set up a superb encounter this Saturday’s new years eve premier league action. City and Liverpool are separated by 1 point and 1 place in the league place a win for either side will put them in commanding position to consolidate.
Jurgen Klopp was full of confidence after his team’s 4-1 win over Stoke City and Pep Guardiola was there watching the game where Liverpool broke thirty year club record of scoring 100 goals in Klopp’s first 48 games in charge.
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.
Liverpool 2-0 Manchester City – Match Highlights
[ English Premier League, Wednesday, 2 March 2016 ]
34′ 1 – 0 Adam Lallana
41′ 2 – 0 James Milner
57′ 3 – 0 Roberto Firmino