Who: Manchester City vs Liverpool
When: Sunday, November 8th @ 11:30am ET
Line: Man City +100 | Draw +300 | Liverpool +240
You might remember that as the match that Fabinho did this:
This year’s November match is at the Etihad. Fabinho is out. So are Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Thiago.
On City’s side, Sergio Aguero and Benjamin Mendy have already been ruled out.
No matter. City are 10th in the table and know this is a must-win match. Liverpool are coming off their best performance of the 2020-21 campaign. Both squads will be amped. This should be a helluva match.
Manchester City vs Liverpool preview
Both City and Liverpool have been wildly erratic domestically this season. The difference is Liverpool have still pulled results and City are 10th in the table.
Both squads though have been mostly dominant in the Champions League. The difference is Liverpool have a real group and City — yet again somehow 🤔– have a cake walk.
Jurgen Klopp has done well rotating his squad and finding a way to manage his backline after Jordan Pickford’s reckless, dickless take-down of VVD. Of course, the biggest revelation is Diogo Jota. He’s been a revelation and is in the form of his life.
And he likely won’t start this match.
Roberto Firmino is out of form. However, his defensive work-rate still exceeds Jota’s. Against an opponent like City, and with a weakened backline, Firmino will likely get the starting nod. Klopp’s midfield selection will be the grinders: Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, and (ugh) The Looks Great in Training Naby Keita.
Where Liverpool could really have an edge this match is on the subs. Diogo Jota will show up. Bringing his fresh legs in around 60 minutes could be game changing. Same goes for a recently impressive Xherdan Shaqiri. Expect one of them to enter early for a sure-to-be disappointing Keita.
When Liverpool are sharp, nobody can beat them. For reasons nobody understands, oddsmakers and the vastly overrated 538 still favor City. However, Liverpool / Klopp are 100% in City / Pep’s head. If Liverpool start fast and go up early, City will crumble quickly like they always do.
The line has slightly shifted towards Liverpool during the week. We agree with that sentiment. Liverpool have performed their best this season against the toughest opponents. Expect Liverpool to go up 2-0, City to claw one back late, and the Reds to prevail 2-1.