Manchester City (A): Match Preview

Manchester City (A): Match Preview
January 2, 2012 Gary Fulcher

Liverpool enter 2012 just two points off 4th placed Arsenal – and level on points with 5th placed Chelsea –  thanks to a 3-1 victory over Newcastle Utd at Anfield. With Manchester City, Manchester Utd, Spurs and Chelsea all dropping points, the Reds are in a good position to challenge for a place in next season’s Champions League as we enter the second half of the campaign.

Kenny Dalglish’s side also have a League Cup semi-final to look forward to, so despite our inconsistencies (especially at Anfield), we have a lot of positives to focus on in the days and weeks ahead.

The start of the new year also means the January transfer window is now open and with Luis Suarez facing an eight-match ban, the Reds may feel the need to bolster their attacking ranks with a new striker. The return to action of Steven Gerrard – who scored in the victory over the Magpies – will be a huge boost for the second-half of the campaign and if FSG, Comolli and Dalglish decide not to add to the current squad, it may be the perfect opportunity for Andy Carroll to step up and cement a place in the side.

Liverpool’s away Premier League record against Manchester City:

•   Played: 14 Won: 3 Drawn: 8 Lost: 3 F: 15 A: 15 GD: 0 Pts: 17

Liverpool’s overall record against Manchester City in the league:

•    Total:    P: 151 W: 75 D: 38 L: 38 F: 269 A: 197
•    Home:  P: 76 W: 46 D: 17 L: 13 F: 157 A: 93
•    Away:   P: 75 W: 29 D: 21 L: 25 F: 112 A: 104

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