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5 bold Premier League predictions: Van Dijk leads Liverpool to victory

14 Enero 2018, 02:27 | Crisanna Felipe

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has scored 17 Premier League goals this season

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has scored 17 Premier League goals this season

Liverpool welcomes the Premier League leaders Manchester City to Anfield on Sunday, at 10:00 a.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network.

Yet there are other sub-plots to be considered, as the encounter represents Liverpool's first game without Philippe Coutinho, who left for Barcelona.

They score in copious quantities but Liverpool have conceded the fewest goals at home, City the fewest away.

Their 5-0 thrashing at City earlier in the season was Klopp's heaviest defeat in all competitions as Reds boss, and his joint-heaviest ever managerial loss.

"But my players will not need extra motivation or focus for this game, just because we play a side that is in a very good way". If anybody can get the better of Manchester City on their travels though, it is this current Liverpool team.

With the Reds also bolstered this month by the £75m signing of defender Virgil van Dijk, Guardiola believes the Merseysiders are as exciting as in their 1980s heyday.

"I think in two, three weeks hopefully for the Champions League game against Basel he could be fit".

Can Liverpool end Manchester City's unbeaten Premier League run?

"[The] City game is a completely different game", Klopp said. He also scored the opening goal the last time these two sides faced each other.

Read Thierry's full verdict here.

The return of Salah will be vital if they are to become the first Premier League team to inflict a defeat on City, and his pace will surely trouble the visitors' defence. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana remain the top attacking midfield options for the Reds at the moment.

Talking about City's attacking brand of football, Owen says: "If you get it right, then it can look like City this season".

"It's a little odd", says Wijnaldum, "and I think we still have to realise that he has gone".

However, Klopp was coy in his response on Van Dijk's involvement for Sunday's blockbuster clash. "It would have been very hard if we had said, which we could have done, "look, here is your contract and you have to stay here", and to use him in the second half of the season".

Former Arsenal striker Wright is tipping Liverpool to cause Manchester City plenty of problems at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Even more significant, perhaps, is that Anfield is their fortress against City, who have not won a League match at the stadium since 2003, and only once in 37 years. They are only looking at more reinforcements to further strengthen the team.

And what better way to prove it than to beat the yet undefeated Manchester City? The England worldwide has been in outstanding form for Guardiola's side this season but what's behind his scoring streak? Pick your XI using our interactive team selector.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has explained why he turned down the chance to replace David Moyes as Manchester United manager.

Which of these reported transfer targets would you like to see at Anfield?

De Bruyne, who had previously taken in a forgettable spell in England at Chelsea, joined City for £55 million in the summer of 2015.

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