Liverpool vs Manchester City, Premier League

Liverpool vs Manchester City, Premier League

"I know Philippe Coutinho is not there anymore but they've still got the firepower to beat them, with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane".

Earlier this week, it was claimed that Pep Guardiola had given permission for a £30m offer to be made for the Brazilian either in January or during the summer.

"I think in this particular window (though) City's need for a central midfielder is less great than United's and would take away from other areas where they need to strengthen, IE: the injury to Gabriel Jesus means they need backup for Sergio Aguero up front and they also need a left-back with Benjamin Mendy still in rehabilitation from his ACL".

"They're so good going forward".

"Sometimes you try things and they come off".

Merseyside is the scene for the upcoming encounter between runaway leaders City and top-four hopefuls Liverpool, who between them have bagged an astonishing 114 goals after 22 league matches this season.

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This time they will have Virgil van Dijk in their way with the Liverpool defender set to make his Premier League debut after his move from Southampton.

City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said his team would just focus on their own performance.

But after their win over Manchester United, and even the fixture we had ourselves against Wolves from the same division, was it any surprise.

The former Sevilla man damaged tendons in his ankle back in December during a UEFA Champions League group stage game and has been on the sidelines ever since as the Reds embarked on an impressive festive period run of form.

Coach Eddie Niedzwiecki is in temporary charge of the team for the trip to Old Trafford.

Tottenham host Everton on Saturday and Arsenal travel to Bournemouth on Sunday.