Entertainment has certainly been decreased with the departure of Mario…Image: bbc.co.uk Liverpool are faced with the tough task of Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon and with the Reds doing so well to start with in the Arsenal game, Brendan’s boys will certainly fancy their chances of causing problems for the Champions. However, the Reds will need to keep their concentration if they are able to gain a lead. Liverpool are in a pretty good situation injury wise with no new troubles and the trio of Enrique, Johnson and Reina all back. It is believed new signing Coutinho will have to wait for his first start in a Liverpool shirt though. Man City are without Vincent Kompany which is a big blow for them but Mancini is hopefully both Richards and Maicon will be available. Liverpool are currently placed 7th in the table whilst Manchester City are hanging 7 points behind Manchester United in 2nd place. The last time the two sides met was in August last year. With Skrtel and Suarez on the score sheet Liverpool managed to collect a point from the game. The last meeting with City at the Etihad for Liverpool was also a positive one as the Reds picked up a 1-0 win in the Carling Cup, however our record as a whole at City isn’t a brilliant one. City haven’t lost in their last 5 games in all competitions and also, impressively, they haven’t conceded in that time either. The Reds on the other hand have notched up two losses in their last 5. Stat Sandwich Liverpool have found the back of the net in all of their last 11 Premier League matches. City are -18 on their goal count compared to this stage of the season last year. Liverpool haven’t won a game in the league this season where they have conceded first. You don’t need me to tell you that this is going to be a real test for the Reds but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to walk away with nothing. If we play as we did in the majority of the Arsenal game then we could once again find ourselves in control of the situation, importantly though, if Liverpool do get to this stage then they need to remain calm and keep their concentration, Arsenal pulled back that game far too easily and it simply never should have happened. I’d definitely fancy Suarez to get on the score sheet and with Kompany missing the City defence has taken a slight knock there that could be exploited via both the Uruguayan and Sturridge up front. Perhaps optimistically I will go for a 1-1 here, I don’t think it’s going to be as end to end as the Arsenal game and therefore there won’t be as many goals, unless of course Liverpool go to pot and City run riot. Enjoy the match folks! P.s. Thank you to anybody that voted for The Liver Bird in the Sportskeeda Blogger Awards! I really appreciate it! They should be announcing the winners soon. Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog
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