Preview: Manchester City v Liverpool

Manchester City will be looking for a third win of their Premier League season when they host an in-form Liverpool side on Saturday afternoon.

Premier League

Date: 9 September 2017
Match Day 3
Kick-off: 13H30 (GMT+2)
Venue: Etihad Stadium 
Referee: J. Moss
Assistants: E. Smart, A. Halliday
Fourth official: C Pawson

Head-to-head summary: 

Man City 158 42 41 75
Liverpool 158 75 41 42

Previous encounter: 

Man City 1-1 Liverpool 19/03/17 (Premier League)

Man City goalscorers: S. Aguero (69')
Liverpool goalscorers: J. Milner (51')

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Players to watch: 

David Silva has been in impressive form since the start of his seventh season with City, with two assists in the opening three games. 

The 31-year-old attacking midfielder is the heart-beat of manager Pep Guardiola's tactical set-up and allows the like of Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva to roam in more advanced areas.

Up against Jurgen Klopp's men, who are known for their ultra high-pressing, it will be interesting to see how the diminutive Spaniard fares against the in-form Jordan Henderson and Emre Can.

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Sadio Mane is the key threat for the Reds after a blistering start to the 2017/18 campaign. The Senegal international forward looks to have taken his game to another level and his three goals in as many games prove it.

The 25-year-old will be up against Kyle Walker or Danillo, who is equally quick but will need the tactical discipline to handle an eccentric talent like the former Southampton man.

Team form and manager quotes: 

Both sides currently sit on seven points after two wins and a draw from their opening three league encounters.

Guardiola reflected on the untimely injury of captain Vincent Kompany after he pulled up with a calf strain on international duty with Belgium.

Kompany impressed during their 2-1 win over Bournemouth but now looks set to miss out a few weeks.

"I am sad [for Vincent Kompany]. The last seven, eight, nine games last season he played no problem, but we will get him fit as soon as possible," Guardiola said.

"Every time I play Jurgen's teams I learn a lot. Top manager, top club, top players. It will be a nice game tomorrow."

Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Phillip Coutinho will be left out of the matchday squad but new signing Alex Oxlade Chamberlain could be in line for his debut under the German tactician.

"It was not the most easy time, but that is the transfer window. I think we handled it really well," Klopp said about Coutinho.

"He could have played 15, 20 minutes in the City game, maybe longer, but I think really it makes sense [to leave him out].

"I said yesterday in the dressing room 'Boys, welcome two new players: Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] and Phil [Coutinho]'."

Team news: 

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will miss out after picking up a minor calf injury while playing for Belgium. Raheem Sterling is suspended and won't face his former side – as a result of his red card at Bournemouth.

Full-back Nathaniel Clyne and midfielder Adam Lallana are both long-term absentees for Klopp's Reds.