Match points: Man City vs Liverpool

Here are the three key battles and key stats for the upcoming match.

KEY BATTLES

Raheem Sterling

v

James Milner

Two who swopped clubs in 2015. Milner has had the better of their meetings, scoring at Anfield last season and keeping Sterling quiet in December. But then Liverpool scored early so he pushed forward less than usual and now the £49 million (S$85 million) man is in better form. Opponents are starting to target Liverpool’s makeshift left-back.
PLACE OF BIRTH Jamaica England HEIGHT 1.70m 1.75m DATE OF BIRTH Dec 8, 1994 Jan 4, 1986

Kevin de Bruyne

v

Emre Can

Can was Liverpool’s match-winner against Burnley last week, but was also culpable for the Clarets’ goal. With captain Jordan Henderson injured, he shoulders a huge responsibility. De Bruyne and David Silva will look to find space either side of the German, especially with City’s wingers adopting wide positions, to make his task tougher.
PLACE OF BIRTH Belgium Germany HEIGHT 1.81m 1.84m DATE OF BIRTH June 28, 1991 Jan 12, 1994

John Stones

v

Roberto Firmino

As an old Evertonian, Stones has a particular incentive to beat Liverpool. Firmino, who missed the Burnley game with a muscle injury, presents a formidable opponent on such stages. The false nine is at his best against the best and scored home and away against City last season as Liverpool won 4-1 and 3-0, aided by his relentless running.
PLACE OF BIRTH England Brazil HEIGHT 1.88m 1.81m DATE OF BIRTH May 28, 1994 Oct 2, 1991

KEY STATISTICS

 

Liverpool have taken 22 points against the top seven this season

City have taken just eight points against the top seven this season.

 

Liverpool have won all 3 league meetings against City under Jurgen Klopp.

City have lost only one of 19 home games under Pep Guardiola.

 

Willy Caballero saved 3 Liverpool penalties in last season’s League Cup final.

 

Liverpool have won only four matches in 2017.

 

Manchester City have won 10 matches in 2017.