Man City vs Liverpool: Team news, kick-off time, how to watch & referee info

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City face a stern test on Merseyside this weekend.

Manchester City will face a struggling Liverpool on Sunday as they bid to continue their impressive run of form in the Premier League.

The defending champions are yet to lose in the top flight this season, and sit just one point behind league leaders Arsenal heading into this weekend’s clash at Anfield. In stark contrast, Liverpool languish 10th in the table having taken just 10 points from their opening eight matches. The Reds are winless in three in the Premier League, and were beaten 3-2 by Arsenal at the Emirates in their last outing.

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City and Liverpool have already met once this season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side triumphing in a 3-1 Community Shield victory back in July. Since then, however, last year’s top two have been subject to vastly different fortunes, with Pep Guardiola’s side now 13 points clear of their rivals.

Here’s everything you need to know about Sunday’s match...

When is Liverpool vs Man City?

City travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday October 16th. Kick-off for the fixture will be at 4.30pm.

Is Liverpool vs Man City on TV?

Yes, the match will be shown live as part of Sky Sports’ Super Sunday, with coverage at Anfield getting underway at 4pm.

Who is the referee?

Anthony Taylor is the man in charge for Sunday’s game. The referee will be assisted by Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn, while Andy Madley will be the fourth official. Darren England will be on VAR duty.

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Team news

City are set to be without Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips on Sunday, with the English pair suffering from groin and shoulder issues respectively.

There are also doubts over John Stones’ fitness amid an ongoing battle with a hamstring complaint. Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League stalemate with FC Copenhagen in Denmark, Pep Guardiola suggested that the defender was still some way from being ready for inclusion.

The manager said: “He is getting better, but still he is not training with us. I don’t know [when he will return]. Hopefully he will be better and back when he is fit.”

In more positive news for City supporters, the champions should welcome Erling Haaland back to their starting XI this weekend. The Norwegian sensation was an unused substitute in midweek, with Guardiola opting to rest him in favour of fellow summer signing Julian Alvarez. Likewise, Phil Foden, who came off the bench against Copenhagen, could be in line for a start.

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For their part, Liverpool are set to be without a number of key players this weekend.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Luis Diaz are both expected to be sidelined for notable periods, with Jurgen Klopp suggesting that the former may be fortunate enough to return within a month. With regards to Diaz, the Colombian is set to miss up to eight weeks after sustaining an injury to his left knee.

The pair join the Reds’ sizeable list of absentees, with Arthur Melo, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Naby Keita all missing from Tuesday’s 7-1 demolition of Rangers at Ibrox. Joel Matip is also expected to be consigned to the treatment room for a fortnight due to a calf issue.

In more positive news for Klopp’s side, Andrew Robertson was named on the bench in Glasgow, while midfielder Curtis Jones has returned to training.

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