In one of the most intriguing matches this coming weekend, Manchester City host Liverpool in a top contender clash. Both teams would like to build on their success in their last games, with victory coming to Manchester City with a late goal from Raheem Sterling, and Liverpool putting four past a woeful Arsenal side.
Liverpool will especially like to build on last season’s success with their record against the top six Premier League sides, impressively winning five and drawing five. The Reds have had to cope without the services of Philippe Coutinho for their first three game of the season, as speculation about his future with the club came to the last day of deadline day, where he did not leave for Barcelona.
Whether or not he could be back this weekend for the trip to the Ethiad remains to be seen. Liverpool also have some new talent to use this weekend with the arrival of England international, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal; he turned down a move to Chelsea for the opportunity to play for Liverpool under Jurgun Klopp, and his manager will be hoping that he does not let him down.
Liverpool will be without Nathaniel Clyne for a reported ‘significant period’ so that could free up a chance for Oxlade-Chamberlain to play in the right-wing back position this weekend.
Manchester City have a few players returning from international duty this week, and they will be hoping not to repeat the last three meeting’s with Liverpool, which does include a 3-0 defeat. City did not acquire Alexis Sanchez on deadline day, but they still have a impressive attacking force.
One person missing will be Raheem Sterling, who was sent off against Bournemouth for his celebration with the fans; Sterling was also subject to transfer rumours, as he was suggested in a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez. Though he is Manchester City’s leading scorer with two goals to his name, ahead of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus; one goal each.