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Monday April 11, 2011Match Preview: Liverpool v Manchester City

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games

Manchester City were imperious in their destruction of Sunderland in the last league outing, and Roberto Mancini will be hoping they can edge this clash against Liverpool who still harbour European qualification aspirations of their own.

The Reds are a different entity to that which visited the City of Manchester stadium in August and were subsequently sent on their way following a 3-0 win for the Eastlanders. Kenny Dalglish has rejuvenated the club and, whilst they are still susceptible to the momentary lapse, they’re a much more solid outfit as they enter this clash.

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Liverpool are unbeaten at Anfield under Daglish but they come into this game on the back of a disappointing 2-1 reverse against West Brom. In the likes of David Suarez and Andy Carroll, they pose firepower to trouble any side in the league, though City’s defence – and in particular Joleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany – have been impressive in recent weeks.

On paper this game looks set to end in a draw – City are four games unbeaten against the Reds and have 14 clean-sheets to their name, which is the most in the league.

KEY PLAYER

With the home support behind him, Andy Carroll will be keen to get on the score-sheet and he’s already settling into his new surroundings. City’s key man for the clash will be Vincent Kompany who must maintain his impressive form and stifle the giant forward if City are to leave Anfield with anything.

MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS

Micah remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, whilst fellow defender Jerome Boateng is out for the season.