Liverpool would go into the international break with a nine point lead over defending Premier League champions Manchester City with a win on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have started the season with 11 wins from their first 12 games (1D) to open up a six point lead over the Citizens in second place.
The Reds were at home to Genk in the Champions League on Tuesday night, giving them more than 24 hours additional rest than City, who were away at Atalanta the following day. They were also held 1-1 with 10 men.
Goalkeeper Ederson picked up an injury in that game and would be a huge loss should he not be fully fit for the trip to Anfield this weekend. Manchester City are already without Aymeric Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi, with John Stones only recently back from an injury of his own. What’s more, they do not want to have to put Claudio Bravo between the posts!
Not against Liverpool’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino anyway. This trio could easily run riot on the City defence this weekend and I actually expect them to do just that.
Sure, the Reds haven’t been all guns blazing of late, but the space and chances I envisage them seeing will allow them to comfortably outscore Pep Guardiola’s side. And whilst they only have two clean sheets in the Premier League so far this season, I think their defence has been much better than the stats suggest. For one, they’ve had Adrian in goal for most of it (Alisson is back now), and the sole goals that Norwich City and Arsenal scored were both late consolations in a game that had already been won by Klopp’s side.
Liverpool are virtually fully fit for this game and better rested. They will have had longer to prepare for the game too. I expect Guardiola to leave makeshift defence exposed to the Liverpool counter-attack too. I really think the home side are going to score three or four this weekend. And the odds are amazing.
Best bet: Liverpool to win is 2.80 with Betfair