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Manchester City vs Liverpool – RATED: How do they examine?

Manchester City and Liverpool go face to face in a mouth-watering Premier League showdown on Sunday that has the potential to swing the title race in both aspect’s favour. 

Pep Guardiola’s City are the reigning champions and boast a one level lead on the the highest of the desk – however have squandered a 14-level benefit that they held again in January.

The Reds, in the meantime, head to the Etihad on the again of 10 successive Premier League victories and a win would take them two factors away from their rivals with seven matches to play. 

With nothing to decide on between the 2 groups, Sportsmail compares their gamers in every position primarily based on present kind and health, giving every group an total ranking forward of the extremely-anticipated showdown.  

Manchester City and Liverpool collide on Sunday in a mouth-watering title showdown

Manchester City and Liverpool collide on Sunday in a mouth-watering title showdown

Phil Foden scored one of City's goals when the two teams played out a 2-2 draw in October

Phil Foden scored certainly one of City’s objectives when the 2 groups performed out a 2-2 attract October

GOALKEEPER

Ederson (Manchester City) – This might be the position the place each groups match up the identical. Ederson and Alisson and each unbelievable goalkeepers who hold their groups in matches singly-handedly. Ederson’s distribution might be slicker and his consolation on the ball is essential to how Guardiola’s aspect build their assaults. 9/10

Alisson (Liverpool) – Klopp encourages his Liverpool defence to play such a excessive line as a result of he is aware of he has the protection of Alisson stood behind them. The Brazilian could also be liable to an error every now and then however his means in 1v1 conditions is second to none and his shot-stopping is sensible. 9/10

Ederson's distribution is faultless, which is key for City's style

Alisson is second to none in 1v1 situations

Brazilian duo Ederson (left) and Alisson (proper) are two of the very best goalkeepers on the planet

RIGHT BACK

Kyle Walker (Manchester City) – The England star has been one of the constant proper backs within the Premier League for a decade now and continues to have the belief of Guardiola and Gareth Southgate. His tempo might be crucial for City in shackling the speedy wingers Liverpool possess. 8/10

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – A very completely different sort of full again, the 23-year-old has revolutionised the position and develop into Liverpool’s playmaker. His means on the ball is ridiculous, as proven in Benfica, however Alexander-Arnold will must be at his greatest off it to maintain Man City out on the Etihad. 9/10 

Walker's pace and directness means he's hard to go past

Alexander-Arnold's passing and crossing is outrageous

Kyle Walker (left) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (proper) play the precise again position in numerous methods

CENTRE BACK 

Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – The Frenchman’s absence by means of harm within the 2019-20 season was seen as one of many key causes that City dropped to date behind Liverpool. He has confirmed himself to important to City as soon as once more and his partnership with Ruben Dias is so robust that Liverpool might be hoping to take advantage of the Portuguese’s absence. 8.5/10

Joel Matip (Liverpool) – The Premier League’s greatest free switch within the final decade? Matip has had his points with accidents throughout his time at Liverpool however this season his availability has been nice and the Reds have reaped the rewards. Dominant within the air, robust 1v1 and progressive with the ball, Matip oozes class. 8.5/10

Laporte is key for Man City without Ruben Dias

Matip is fit and healthy and shining alongside Virgil van Dijk

Aymeric Laporte (left) is vital for City with Ruben Dias lacking and Joel Matip (proper) is flourishing

CENTRE BACK

John Stones (Manchester City) – Stone is Guardiola’s third selection centre again and wouldn’t be enjoying if Dias was match. That being stated, as a daily at worldwide degree with England he is not precisely a nasty again-up. Liverpool might be trying to exploit the absence of Dias so it may very well be a busy afternoon for Stones on Sunday. 8/10

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – If it wasn’t already, it has develop into clear simply why Liverpool struggled to retain the Premier League final season with Van Dijk lacking. The colossal Dutchman is again to being the very best defender on the planet and, if there was any doubts he’d take time to stand up to hurry, then he has confirmed they have been in poor health-judged. 9.5/10

Stones is a strong back-up for Guardiola to call upon

Van Dijk has recovered from his knee trouble and made Liverpool a force again

John Stones (left) will begin rather than Dias, whereas Virgil van Dijk is again to his greatest for Liverpool

LEFT BACK

Joao Cancelo (Manchester City) – The Portuguese arrived pondering he would spend more often than not on the precise aspect however City’s struggles at left again have meant he is shifted throughout. Despite being proper footed, Cancelo has tailored with ease and is a significant menace going ahead. Defensively, he’s very spectacular as nicely. 9/10

Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – Robertson has encapsulated the whole lot good about Klopp’s time at Liverpool. Arrived as an unheralded title from Hull, the Scot has develop into one of many world’s greatest full backs along with his relentless power and depth. But it does really feel as if his work on the ball has barely dropped this season. 8.5/10

Cancelo is having to play at left back because of City's issues there

Andy Robertson continues to flourish for Liverpool

Joao Cancelo (left) has tailored nicely to switching flanks whereas Andy Robertson is relentless 

DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD

Rodri (Manchester City) – It took the Spaniard a season or so to seek out his means within the Premier League. Shielding the again 4 could be hectic in English soccer however now he is confirmed to be certainly one of, if not the very best holding midfielders round. It seemed like City had a troublesome job to switch Fernandinho however they’ve positively discovered their man. 9/10

Fabinho (Liverpool) – Often the unheralded star of this Liverpool group, Fabinho is essential for Klopp’ aspect in defending their defence, protecting for his or her marauding full backs and beginning assaults from the bottom of midfield. In latest months the Brazilian has began so as to add objectives to his sport as nicely. 9/10

Rodri has proven himself to be the long-term replacement for Fernandinho

Fabinho is playing superbly at the base of Liverpool's midfield

Defensive midfield is an space each groups are dominant in with Rodri (left) and Fabinho (proper)

CENTRE MIDFIELD

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – Is he the very best participant on the planet proper now? If there was one man who would inevitable break down Atletico Madrid’s cussed resistance in midweek then it was De Bruyne and he duly impressed with a fantastic second-half objective. His passing and imaginative and prescient are an enormous menace to Liverpool’s defence. 9.5/10

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – Liverpool’s captain shouldn’t be essentially a starter each week however his management and the depth he calls for from his group-mates means he will certainly play on this massive sport. Operating in a wider, No 8 position, his hyperlink-up play with Mo Salah and Alexander-Arnold has been a system tweak by Klopp this season. 8/10

De Bruyne scored an excellent goal in Man City's win over Atletico

Henderson's leadership will be vital in the heat of battle on Sunday

Kevin De Bruyne’s creativity might be key if Man City are to interrupt down Liverpool’s defence

CENTRE MIDFIELD

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – Considering he was questioning his future on the membership final summer time, Silva has develop into important within the coronary heart of midfield for Guardiola due to his high quality on the ball and selflessness off it. He delivered a masterclass at Anfield each this season and final and he might be key to shutting down Liverpool’s counters. 8.5/10

Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool) – The distinction between Liverpool with and with out Thiago is fairly apparent. When he performs he strikes possession so shortly and precisely and is not afraid to place his foot in or compete within the air. Niggling accidents have been a difficulty however he appears match in the intervening time and that is a lift for Klopp. 8.5/10

Bernardo has been superb in Man City's recent games with Liverpool

Thiago is fit and firing for Liverpool and it they are noticeably better with him

Bernardo Silva and Thiago Alcantara hold their groups ticking over within the midfield space

RIGHT WING

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) – It feels just like the Algerian’s exploits in entrance of objective have gone considerably underneath the radar this season, given he has scored 22 objectives in 37 appearances. Mahrez is a defender’s nightmare along with his devilishly fast dribbling and punchy strikes on his left foot. He will certainly be a handful for Liverpool’s again 4. 8.5/10

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – The Egyptian might be enduring the worst run of kind he is been on since arriving at Anfield in 2017. He hasn’t scored in open play in seven matches, his contact appears off and he is struggling to burst previous opponents. His latest disappointment with Egypt appears to have sapped all of his power however there isn’t any higher sport to burst again into life. 8/10

Mahrez is a tricky winger who can cause a defender a number of problems

Salah has not scored in open play in seven matches and looks short of confidence

Riyad Mahrez is underneath-rated and has a fantastic objective return whereas Mo Salah is struggling for kind

LEFT WING

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – The England worldwide was left on the bench for City’s latest win over Man United and draw at Crystal Palace however returned with a pair of assists at Burnley. More usually than not he begins the large video games and Sterling might be determined to land a hammer blow on his former membership – and City’s title rivals – on Sunday. 8/10

Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Given how spectacular he has been since arriving in England, it will not be a shock to see Luis Diaz star. But Mane is flying excessive and appears to be again to his greatest after a sloppy marketing campaign in 2020-21. He completed off a fantastic group objective on Tuesday evening and his tempo in behind might harm City on Sunday. 8.5/10

Sterling will be desperate to get one over his former club

Mane scored in the midweek win over Benfica and looks in good form

Raheem Sterling at all times begins the large video games whereas Sadio Mane look sharp for Liverpool 

CENTRE FORWARD 

Phil Foden (Manchester City) – Foden brought about Liverpool all types of issues along with his direct runs in behind throughout their first meeting of the season at Anfield. He additionally acquired the equaliser with an ideal end into the far nook. The 21-year-old confirmed his undoubted high quality towards Atletico in midweek and he appears more likely to function in that ‘false 9’ position for City on Sunday. 9/10 

Diogo Jota (Liverpool) – This sport might come down to 1 group’s means to attain one decisive probability and, with City lacking a conventional striker, Liverpool can name on the last word poacher in Jota. He has scored 20 objectives this season and his means in and across the six-yard field is second to most likely solely Cristiano Ronald in England. 8.5/10

Foden was outstanding against Atletico Madrid

Jota has been deadly in front of goal for Liverpool this season

Phil Foden has impressed as a ‘false 9’ whereas Diogo Jota has changed into Liverpool’s poacher

MANAGERS

Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – He joked earlier this week that he overthinks techniques going into massive video games like this however Guardiola seems to have lastly realized how you can take care of Liverpool’s gung-ho model, having not lost any of their final 4 conferences. He will know {that a} win right here will nearly assure one other title. 9/10

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – The indisputable fact that Liverpool are going into this sport with an opportunity within the title race is testomony to Klopp’s work behind the scenes. Seemingly down and out in January after three winless video games, the Reds have been relentless in chasing down City. Now can he encourage them to arguably the most important win of his Anfield reign? 9/10

TOTAL

Manchester City – 104/120

Liverpool – 104/120 

Guardiola's side can press home their advantage at the top of the table

Klopp will be sensing an opportunity to go above City on Sunday

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp know this sport might be essential within the Premier League title race

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