Liverpool v Manchester City

Manchester City will be looking to beat Liverpool twice in five days when the two teams meet in the Premier League at Anfield on Wednesday.

City and the Reds contested the League Cup final on Sunday, when Philippe Coutinho struck late on to cancel out Fernandinho’s earlier goal and force extra-time and penalties, in which only Emre Can scored for the Reds, allowing Manuel Pellegrini’s side to lift the trophy.

Although the Citizens now have their first silverware of the campaign, their Premier League title charge has gone a bit off the rails in recent weeks.

Successive defeats to Leicester and Tottenham, who are first and second in the standings respectively, have left them nine points adrift in fourth place.

Liverpool’s last Premier League match was a 6-0 thrashing of rock-bottom Aston Villa, followed by a 1-0 aggregate victory over FC Augsburg in the Europa League.

The Merseysiders will take inspiration from having beaten City already this term, leaving the Etihad Stadium with three points in November thanks to a 4-1 win.

Yaya Toure (ankle) scored the winning penalty at Wembley, and should recover from a knock in time to feature again at Anfield, while fellow midfielders Fabian Delph (calf/shin) and Samir Nasri (hamstring) are also expected to be available, meaning that Kevin De Bruyne (knee ligament) is their only absentee.

Jurgen Klopp will expect to have defenders Mamadou Sakho (head), Martin Skrtel (hamstring) and Dejan Lovren (illness) available, along with midfielder Lucas Leiva (muscular injury).

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