Liverpool v Manchester City: Reds Looking to Make a Perfect 10

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Photo courtesy of liverpoolfc.com

By Séamus Leonard

Last Sunday’s 2-1 win over West Ham United at Upton Park was yet another landmark victory for Liverpool in a season of sublime strikes, (at times) dreadful defending and staggering statistics. In one way it was just another three Premier League points gained. In another way, it was another massive hurdle jumped in this most barnstorming of campaigns. The simple fact it was Liverpool’s ninth win on the bounce illustrates how well Liverpool has been performing of late. Continue reading

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Man City 2-2 Liverpool – Dominant Reds Undone by Reina Walkabout

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By Jonathan Carroll

In the space of five days, Brendan Rodgers saw his side go to two top four sides and come away with two points. On the face of it the net take home is not that impressive but the point tally does not take into account the performances. At the Emirates on Wednesday and the Etihad on Sunday, Steven Gerrard and co showed a confidence and an ability to go away from home and compete with the best teams in the league, making a mockery of the fact they havent beaten a top ten team all season.  Continue reading

Is a top four finish a realistic ambition for Liverpool in 2012-13?

By Bill Farnham

There are many questions surrounding LFC this offseason, but perhaps the most important is whether or not a top four finish is even a realistic goal for the club in the 2012-13 season. On the face of it, Liverpool would have needed 18 additional points to have finished the 2011-12 season tied with Arsenal, leaving Spurs in fifth place with 69. Unfortunately there is no shortage of matches one can point to where Liverpool “dropped” points last season, the question remains whether or not Liverpool can do better next season than four out of the seven teams that finished ahead of them in 2011-2012. Continue reading

Road to Wembley: Liverpool v Manchester City

By Christopher Boulay

Liverpool is 90 minutes away from a visit to Wembley Stadium for the League Cup final.

All the squad has to do is hold off Manchester City for 90 minutes and preserve the one goal aggregate lead. The club that survives the trip to Anfield on Wednesday will be facing Cardiff City, who shocked Crystal Palace in the second leg of the other semi-final to prevail on penalty kicks. Continue reading

Man City 3-0 Liverpool – Etihad Hammering

By Jonathan Carroll

Liverpool entered todays game looking to close the gap on league leaders Manchester City to eight points. The timid and blunt attacking performance will discount Liverpool from winning the league this season as well as give their fellow fourth place competitors hope. Continue reading

Reds host league leaders: Liverpool v Man City

By Christopher Boulay

Liverpool looks to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 as the club faces arguably its most difficult test yet – a home match against league leaders, Manchester City.

The Reds have not lost in a meaningful competition since the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham in mid-September. However, there has been a series of disappointing results during the streak, including draws against Premier League new boys Swansea and Norwich.

It certainly will not get easier going up against City, who have been exceptionally impressive this season. The Citizens have failed to lose in 12 tries this campaign, and have only drawn once – against Fulham in September. Keep in mind, the club lost to Napoli in Champions League in mid-week and will be looking for blood to get back on a positive note.

With Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli scoring seemingly at will as of late, there is little question that the blue side of Manchester is, at the moment, more dangerous than their red counterparts. Aguero and Edin Dzeko are tied for second in scoring, with 10 goals each, while Balotelli is not far behind, with six goals.

If City is to be stopped, it needs to be by the Liverpool defense. Jamie Carragher is back, but didn’t get the start last week in the win against Chelsea. Kenny Dalglish seems to have faith in the central defense pairing of Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger, and for now, that may be the norm.

Steven Gerrard is still out of the lineup due to his ankle injury, so Charlie Adam and Lucas may reprise their roles in the center of the midfield. In addition, Maxi Rodriguez’s spectacular showing may have quieted many doubters, and also given a reminder to the entire Liverpool faithful that he is a viable option on the wing. He could replace Stewart Downing for a second consecutive week.

Up front, Luis Suarez is still searching for the form he is so well-known for at the international level, but his inconsistencies have been helped tremendously by the strong play from some of the lineup’s role players. With Andy Carroll still riding the pine, it could be another start for Craig Bellamy, which would be much deserved after his recent form for the club.

Liverpool will need to keep in mind the counter attack, as well as the overall power of City. This is a club that wrecked Manchester United 6-1 and Tottenham 5-1. If the Reds are unable to keep up a solid charge, it is easy to fall behind significantly to such a powerful side.

Liverpool v Manchester City

When: Sunday, November 27, 1600 BST/ 1100 ET
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
Table: Liverpool 6th (22 points), Man City 1st (34 points)
Last Premier League Match: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool, Man City 3-1 Newcastle

Manchester City Starting 11 v Newcastle: (4-4-2)

GK: Hart
DEF:Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
MF: Milner, De Jong, Nasri, Yaya Toure
FW: Aguero, Balotelli

Bench: Pantilimon, Kolarov, Kolo Toure, Johnson, Barry, Silva, Dzeko

Projected Liverpool Starting 11: (4-4-2)

GK: Reina
DEF: Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Jose Enrique
MF: Kuyt, Adam, Lucas, Maxi
FW: Suarez, Bellamy

Subs: Doni, Spearing, Carragher, Kelly,  Downing, Henderson, Carroll