A Premier League title defense will be all but over for Liverpool should they fall at home to Manchester City in Week 23, almost 18 years after the Citizens last won at Anfield. City have triumphed at many of Europe’s major venues since the Abu Dhabi takeover of 2008, but their last victory at Anfield (in any competition) came five years prior to that.
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Anfield hasn’t provided many home comforts of late for Liverpool, who hope to avoid a third straight Merseyside defeat when they host Manchester City, available to watch via NBCSN. You can live stream Premier League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Liverpool vs. Manchester City
When: Sunday, February 7
Where: Emirates Stadium, London, England
Time: 11:30 a.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
After going 68 games and almost four years unbeaten on home soil, the Reds have swiftly slumped to successive 1-0 home losses—first to Burnley and then Brighton & Hove Albion. Pep Guardiola will fancy his chances against a lineup that looked so beleaguered against the Seagulls, who looked the better team on Merseyside and left with four shots on targets to Liverpool’s one:
The titleholders are seven points adrift of leaders City and will fall out of the Premier League’s top four for only the second time since December 2017 should they lose and West Ham United beat Fulham away. A return of three wins from their last 10 games is not the post-Christmas run Jurgen Klopp desired, and the visit of a City side that’s won its last 13 is a fearful prospect at present. The league leaders haven’t lost in any competition since November 21, and Guardiola will see this as his best chance to finally end the Citizens’ sickly streak at Anfield.
In the time since City last won at the venue (May 2003), we’ve cycled through three United States Presidents, returned samples from an asteroid more than 13 million kilometers from Earth, as well as witnessed the births of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Reddit. The Manchester monolith has lost 13 of its 19 trips to Anfield in that time, but confidence looks to be at a low for the hosts, with Klopp already owning up to the fact back-to-back titles look to be off the cards:
Defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip will all remain sidelined on Sunday, but Liverpool should be able to welcome Sadio Mane, Fabinho and goalkeeper Alisson back from injury. The title-race six-pointer could also bring debuts for either of the club’s January deadline signings, Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies, the former of whom holds particular promise following his loan move from Schalke:
Liverpool have won two of their last three games and sealed back-to-back 3-1 victories at Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham, but Sunday’s opponents are a different beast. Guardiola has remodelled City 2.0 into an impervious program, which has conceded only four goals across its current 20-game unbeaten streak.
City boast only the third-best goal tally in the Premier League, but they've leaked at least nine goals fewer than any other team. The current top scorer, Mohamed Salah (15 goals), hopes to damage that record come Sunday, while Raheem Sterling returns to his old stomping ground with three goals in his last four league games.
Their injury list doesn’t compare with the hosts, though Klopp will likely be glad that none of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne or Nathan Ake will feature in the trip to Merseyside. Regardless of Liverpool’s recent home form, Sunday’s guess will be desperate to end a glum run of results at Anfield stretching back nearly two decades, with England’s reigning kings at their most vulnerable.