Manchester City travel to Anfield to face league leaders Liverpool on Sunday (16:30 BST) in a crucial match in regards to the title race in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are ahead of City by a point after six games played, though with the scheduling of the fixture, both could be out of the top two if results go against them.
The fixture still has significant importance though given how over the last few seasons they have been in direct competition for the Premier League crown.
City suffered a 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek with Lionel Messi scoring his first goal for the French outfit. Liverpool meanwhile were free-scoring in Porto with both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scoring braces.
Pep’s men will be keen to get the defeat out of the systems and ranking highest as possible as we go into the second international break of the campaign.
They will be buoyed however by their win at Stamford Bridge last week, ending Chelsea’s unbeaten record. Liverpool are now the only team to not taste defeat in the division, having served up four wins and two draws in their opening six matches.
Something will have to give though, City have recorded five successive clean sheets, whilst Liverpool have scored at least three goals in their last six matches.
Lastly, Anfield is not a happy hunting ground for City, having only recorded two wins there in the last 18 years, though in the last visit, Ilkay Gundogan scored a brace in an emphatic 4-1 win in February.
What’s the latest team news?
In his pre-match press conference on Friday, Guardiola stated that everyone was fit except for Gundogan and Zinchenko.
Aymeric Laporte has recovered well from his injury and played against both Chelsea and PSG and is likely to hold down his place, despite John Stones returning to fitness.
There is also a decision on whether to start Raheem Sterling, who has only found the net once in the Premier League this season. Sterling’s versatility could see him play on both flanks but after being substituted for Gabriel Jesus, he could have to settle for a place on the bench against his former employers.
What about the opposition?
Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was ruled out early by manager Jurgen Klopp, so it is expected that former City midfielder James Milner will deputise at right-back. Harvey Elliot is out for a considerable time due to an ankle injury whilst Thiago Alcantara is on the sidelines with a calf injury.
The key decision for Klopp to make is who will play alongside Mane and Salah in the attacking front three. Robert Firmino was usually a certainty but Diogo Jota has proven a worthy challenger after his move from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Firmino’s experience may see him preferred to the Portuguese attacker in this instance.
Youngster Curtis Jones has also emerged in recent weeks, providing Liverpool with a reminder of his talents in the absence of starlet Harvey Elliot.
Liverpool: Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Jones; Salah, Mane, Firmino
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, Foden; Jesus, De Bruyne, Grealish
Is the match on TV?
Yes, as part of what has become a tradition, the match will be on Sky Sports’ Renault Super Sunday, as the final match of the weekend.
Following the conclusion of Crystal Palace versus Leicester City, it will be available on both the Premier League and Main Event channels of Sky Sports with coverage starting at 16:00, though team news will come through sooner.
If you are a Sky subscriber you can watch the match on a tablet, phone or laptop through the SkyGo app.
Not a Sky Sports subscriber? You can buy a NowTV ‘day’ pass for £9.99, which would entitle you to watch the game.
How can I watch highlights?
Should an important goal or controversial moment happen, Sky Sports usually uploads them to Twitter.
Alternatively if you want to watch highlights, they are available on Match of the Day 2 at 10:30 pm on Sunday, or you can watch them on the YouTube channel of Sky Sports.