2018/2019 Premier League Champions, Manchester City will be playing Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Matchday 8 of the Premier League.
Liverpool would be playing without their centre-back, van Dijk who suffered
a knee injury during a match against Everton over the past weeks.
Manchester City have responded in style with an eight-game unbeaten run (W6, D2) following their record-breaking heavy beating by Leicester, most recently securing three consecutive wins 'to nil'. They've shut out Liverpool in two of the last three Premier League (PL) home H2Hs too, winning all three and scoring 2.0 goals on average across the first half in those.
In the league, City trail Liverpool by five points going into this match (W3, D2, L1) but have a game in hand and will move close with a win here. Uncharacteristically, City have scored just 1.5 goals on average across their league matches so far, and netted precisely one in their previous three. However, the last six PL H2Hs have featured 3.83 total goals on average.
Aside from the Aston Villa incident earlier this season (2-7), Liverpool's two heaviest PL defeats under Jürgen Klopp have both been at the Etihad (4-0 and 5-0). However, they've defied the doubters by winning all five competitive matches since the season-ending injury to Virgil van Dijk, but regardless, they still enter this match on the back of 2.14 conceded goals per league fixture.
After beating Arsenal 3-1 earlier in the season, Klopp has now guided Liverpool through 50 matches against the vaunted "Top Six" sides, coming out the other end with 24 wins and just eight defeats (D18) - in comparison, City have 17 defeats from 49 in the same period.
Players to watch: Raheem Sterling (MCI) found the net in the previous H2H - his only strike in nine meetings with his former club.
Hat-trick hero in midweek, Diogo Jota, has now scored in four straight competitive matches for Liverpool.
Hot stat: Man City have not witnessed a goalless first half in 17 straight PL matches - the last four saw one first-half strike.