Liverpool v Man City

21 November 2009 08:14
Liverpool expect Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger to play after recent injuries, although striker Fernando Torres misses out once again.Jamie Carragher returns from suspension and Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera may feature, but Philipp Degen is banned. [LNB]Manchester City have named Robinho, Gareth Barry and Craig Bellamy in their squad after recent injuries, although Robinho is not expected to feature. [LNB]Martin Petrov has been ruled out after injuring a knee playing for Bulgaria. [LNB]City are widely considered the team most likely to give Liverpool a run for a top-four finish in this season's Premier League, but currently neither side are in contention. [LNB]Both have struggled to win games since the start of October, and each will hope to regain their momentum with victory.[LNB] If Liverpool keep on having problems, it will help us qualify for next year's Champions League Carlos Tevez "Maybe we can start the season right now," said Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez. [LNB]"Winning against City will be a big boost for everyone and if that happens I'm sure we'll see the best of the team. [LNB]"I am 100% sure everything will be totally different if we can win the game against City after this international break. The season can be good if we do well." [LNB]However, City's Argentine forward Carlos Tevez is hoping to prey on a lack of confidence at Anfield. [LNB]"If Liverpool keep on having problems, it will help us qualify for next year's Champions League," Tevez is quoted as telling the Sun newspaper. [LNB]"Of course, we have to focus on ourselves and on what we do. But it is not bad news for us that Liverpool are struggling so far this year." [LNB]Tevez is expected to line up alongside former Aston Villa midfielder Barry, who can expect to hear from the home supporters having nearly joined Liverpool last season before heading for Eastlands. [LNB]"We're trying to get a positive result after a run of drawn games," said Barry's manager, Mark Hughes. [LNB]"Going to Liverpool is perfect because we know we have to be playing at the best of our ability to get a positive result. [LNB]"I'm sure the reverse is the same for Liverpool, they will be looking to go against us and prove a few people wrong. It's a mix for a great game." [LNB][LNB]Liverpool[LNB]Suspended: Degen Doubtful: None [LNB]Injured: Aurelio (calf), Torres (groin) [LNB]Man City[LNB]Suspended: None Doubtful: Robinho (ankle) [LNB]Injured: Petrov (knee), Sylvinho (calf)[LNB] MATCH PREVIEW Liverpool and Manchester City kicked-off the season with hopes of being crowned league champions. Four months on and that maiden Premier League title looks merely a pipe-dream for both clubs - simply finishing in the top four right now seems a more realistic target. [LNB]The two sides have played 10 league games between them since the start of October, the sole victory for either club being Liverpool's 2-0 win at home to Manchester United. This autumn splutter has intensified the importance of this fixture - defeat for Liverpool would leave them four points behind City having played a game more.[LNB] Alberto Aquilani wants to play for us and he is so desperate to be involved as quickly as he can Rafael Benitez, Liverpool manager Reds skipper Steven Gerrard has declared himself fit after his cameo performance against Birmingham two weeks ago. He spearheads a long list of players returning from injury with Fernando Torres and summer signing Alberto Aquilani not far away from his first Liverpool start. [LNB]Several members of the Liverpool squad attended the premier of Fifteen Minutes That Shook The World earlier this week. The film centres around Rafael Benitez's half-time team-talk during the 2005 Champions League final as the Reds famously beat AC Milan on penalties having been 3-0 down at the break. [LNB]Manchester City also spent the international break focusing on enhancing their global brand. An under-strength City lost 1-0 to the UAE national side in Abu Dhabi in front of City owner Sheikh Mansour. The club also revealed new long-term plans to widen their global Academy scouting network. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• Liverpool are unbeaten in eight Premier League matches against Manchester City since a last-minute Kiki Musampa winner for City in April 2005. [LNB]• The Reds have won 74 of 136 all-time league fixtures against Manchester City, exactly double the 37 matches won by City. [LNB]• These two clubs have met on this date once before, Liverpool winning an entertaining encounter 4-3 at Anfield, in 1931. [LNB] Can Manchester City add to Liverpool's woes? Liverpool[LNB]• After seven wins in their opening nine games in all competitions, Liverpool have since won just one of their subsequent nine fixtures. [LNB]• A goal for Liverpool would equal a Premier League club record of scoring in 18 straight home games. They set their original record between December 2001 - November 2002. [LNB]• Liverpool had 27 attempts on goal last time out against Birmingham, who managed only two, yet they needed a controversial penalty to rescue a point. [LNB]Man City[LNB]• Man City have drawn their last five league matches, another draw against Liverpool would equal their top-flight club record of six straight draws set in 1913. [LNB]• City are two points worse off that they were at this stage two seasons ago, during Sven-Goran Eriksson's year in charge at Eastlands. [LNB]• City failed to score in their last away match at Birmingham. It is the only time they have not scored in 14 matches in all competitions so far this campaign. [LNB]• If selected, Carlos Tevez will be playing in his 100th Premier League game. He has scored twice at Anfield in the past, both for Manchester United and both in front of the Kop. [LNB][LNB] LEADING GOALSCORERS [LNB]Liverpool[LNB]Fernando Torres: 10 goals (10 league); Steven Gerrard: 4 goals (4 league) [LNB][LNB]Man City[LNB]Craig Bellamy: 5 goals (5 league); Emmanuel Adebayor: 4 goals (4 league) [LNB][LNB] MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Phil Dowd [LNB]Assistant referees: Nigel Bannister & John Flynn [LNB]Fourth official: Andre Marriner [LNB][LNB] LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS Liverpool (D2-2 v Birmingham, h): Reina, Agger, Skrtel, Insua, Johnson, Benayoun (Babel, 77), Mascherano, Lucas (Aquilani, 83), Riera (Gerrard, 46 ), Ngog, Kuyt Subs not used: Kyrgiakos,Darby,Cavalieri,Spearing, [LNB]Man City (D3-3 v Burnley): Given; Zabaleta, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez (Petrov 73), Adebayor. Subs not used: Taylor, Richards, Johnson, Santa Cruz, De Jong, Weiss. [LNB][LNB] MOST RECENT MEETING Liverpool 1-1 Man City (22 February 2009) [LNB]Liverpool scorer: Kuyt 78 [LNB]Man City scorer: Arbeloa 51 o.g

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