Liverpool will be seeking revenge for their Capital One Cup final defeat when they face a Manchester City at Anfield on Wednesday (kick-off 8pm), whom they have beaten in three of their last four league games.
Midfielder Lucas Leiva has been ruled out of the clash with Manchester City with a muscle injury sustained in the Capital One Cup defeat to Manuel Pellegrini’s side on Sunday.
Centre-back Mamadou Sakho is also a major doubt, having been forced off in the first half with a serious-looking head injury, while striker Daniel Sturridge may not be risked after playing 120 minutes at Wembley and suffering cramp.
Fellow defender Martin Skrtel could return after more than two months out with a hamstring problem.
Despite his match-winning display in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday, Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero is set to be replaced by Joe Hart for the game at Anfield.
Midfielder Yaya Toure, who scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out, is doubtful with a foot problem.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that winger Raheem Sterling will start against his former club.
- Following a run of just one win in 10 Premier League games against Man City (W1 D6 L3), Liverpool have won three of the last four league meetings between the two sides (L1).
- Manchester City have won none of their last 12 Premier League trips to Anfield (W0 D4 L8).
- Philippe Coutinho has scored in five of his six appearances against Manchester City, including in the League Cup final at the weekend.
- If Coutinho plays in this match, it’ll be his 100th Premier League appearance.
- Sergio Aguero has scored in all four of his Premier League appearances against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium but in none of his three appearances at Anfield.
- There have been 34 goals scored in the last nine meetings in all competitions between these two sides (3.8 per game) and neither team has kept a clean sheet in that run.
- Manuel Pellegrini’s side have won just two of their last nine Premier League away matches (W2 D4 L3), scoring just seven times in that run.
- Manchester City haven’t lost three Premier League games on the bounce since November 2008.
- Liverpool’s 4-1 victory at the Etihad in November was Man City’s biggest Premier League home defeat since Arsenal’s 5-1 success in February 2003.
- Manchester City have kept the most clean sheets away from home in the Premier League this season (7).
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