Liverpool have not lost a Premier League game at Anfield in the presence of fans for five and a half years, giving Jurgen Klopp hope they can spring a surprise against Manchester City. The Reds go into Sunday’s match as big underdogs despite their amazing record at home, with many tipping Erling Haaland and company to run riot on Merseyside.
Liverpool have endured a torrid start to the campaign, winning just two of their opening eight matches, and sit 11th in the division with just 10 points. They have particularly struggled defensively in comparison to the high levels usually expected from them, shipping 12 goals in the time.
Across the north-west, City have enjoyed a great start to the season, sitting a point behind league leaders Arsenal after nine games. While there has been a range of impressive performances from the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden, much of the success is owed to the phenomenal goal-scoring form of Haaland. The Norway international has scored 20 goals from 13 appearances in all competitions since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
The contrasting form of the two sides has left the Sky Blues big favourites for Sunday’s fixture, with many predicting a comfortable win for Pep Guardiola’s men. However, Klopp has been given hope by the Reds’ impressive record at home.
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Liverpool did receive a much-needed confidence boost in mid-week with their 7-1 victory over Rangers in the Champions League. Mo Salah got himself back amongst the goals in style, scoring the fastest hat trick in the competition’s history after coming on as a substitute for the last 20 minutes. Klopp will hope the Egyptian can continue this scoring streak against the Sky Blues.
It remains to be seen how Sunday’s fixture will play out – but Liverpool’s strong hope record should at least give the Anfield faithful something to be hopeful about going into what is arguably the most difficult game of the season.
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