Liverpool out to make title statement at Manchester City

Sheri Evans
September 8, 2017

The kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 BST/07:30 ET.

Ironically, Sterling was voted as City's Player of the Month for August thanks to his form of two goals in three games, but the increased competition for places within Guardiola's first-team squad may see the 22-year-old slowly marginalised as the 2017/18 campaign drags on. Both sides sit in the top four after collecting seven points from their opening three games.

The fact they've averaged 71% possession across those matches shows they're dominating the game but somewhat struggling to convert in the final third.

Mendy told the club's official website: "I already wanted to join this club, to join Pep Guardiola here, so when I saw the draw I started to motivate my team-mates".

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A 4-0 thrashing of a compliant Arsenal side before the global break means Juergen Klopp's side have seven points from nine during an opening period in which they also safely negotiated a Champions League playoff against Hoffenheim. Manchester City are still seeking a first home win after being held to a 1-1 draw by Everton. A win for either side in this match would send the victors to the top.

Manchester City face an injury concern ahead of the visit of Liverpool on Saturday (9 September) with the club's medical team concerned over a fresh problem for Vincent Kompany.

Despite forming part of a defence that leaked six goals over two legs, Mendy did enough to convince Pep Guardiola to spend more than £50million to bring him to Manchester in July. City weren't dominant or coherent in their play.

"Liverpool have been impressive but defensively against Watford and the last game other teams having chances, especially from set-pieces. Manchester City have seven points out of a possible nine and look like they have a bit of resilience and strength in depth they didn't have last season". Liverpool's front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have been unstoppable this season.

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