Five memorable meetings between Manchester City and Liverpool

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Top-four rivals Manchester City and Liverpool go head to head at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Press Association Sport looks back at some of the best previous meetings.

MANCHESTER CITY 1 LIVERPOOL 4 (Premier League, November 21, 2015)

A result which highlighted just how good Liverpool could be when they got Jurgen Klopp’s tactics right.

City, title favourites at that point, were blown away in the first half-hour as Eliaquim Mangala’s own goal was followed by strikes from Brazilians Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

The Reds did not crumble when Sergio Aguero pulled one back just before the break with Martin Skrtel smashing home the fourth, but it was more the manner of the victory rather than the scoreline which was impressive.

LIVERPOOL 3 MANCHESTER CITY 2 (Premier League, April 13, 2014)

Liverpool, under Brendan Rodgers, seemingly struck a decisive blow in the title race as this victory put them in pole position against their visitors.

Raheem Sterling and Skrtel put them 2-0 up only for David Silva and Glen Johnson’s own goal to level things after the break.

However, the drama was not over as Coutinho fired home the winner.

MANCHESTER CITY 3 LIVERPOOL 0 (Premier League, August 23, 2010)

City put on a show for owner Sheikh Mansour, the man who spent £1billion to get them where they are, who was present at a league match for the first time to witness their biggest win over Liverpool since 1937.

Gareth Barry gave the hosts an early lead before Carlos Tevez scored twice after half-time.

MANCHESTER CITY 2 LIVERPOOL 2 (Premiership, May 5, 1996)

Desperately fighting to avoid relegation on the final day of the season, City fans feared the worst when a Steve Lomas own goal and Ian Rush strike put them 2-0 down at half-time.

Uwe Rosler and Kit Symons levelled things up with 12 minutes to go.

Manager Alan Ball knew his side needed to do better than Southampton and Coventry to survive so when he got word Coventry were losing he instructed City to play out time.

Lomas was playing keep-ball near the corner flag when the recently-substituted Niall Quinn ran out of the tunnel to tell his team-mates they had been misinformed and needed to win.

Unfortunately for City they ran out of time.

MANCHESTER CITY 2 LIVERPOOL 0 (FA Cup fourth-round replay, February 7, 1973)

City were enduring one of those seasons which would become all-too familiar to their fans as they were knocked out of Europe and out of the League Cup (by fourth division Bury) by early October.

They were not given much chance against the favourites, who went on to win the league and UEFA Cup that campaign, but a goalless draw at Anfield took the tie back to Maine Road.

Colin Bell and Tommy Booth scored the goals which took them through at home.

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Fantasy Premier League: Captain Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and two ins, two outs for Gameweek Four

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Each week, Sport360 will bring you tips for the English Premier League’s official fantasy football game. Fancy pitting your wits against us? You can join “Sport360 Fans League” using the code 2529004-595062.

With the international break done and dusted, it’s time to look ahead at Gameweek Four of Fantasy Premier League.

The transfer window is shut as well and a few new faces have entered the game since the previous Gameweek.

Plenty of wildcards may already be in play, so there is plenty to consider.

Here are a few pointers to guide you ahead of Gameweek Four.

CAPTAIN – MESUT OZIL | ARSENAL | 9.5M

Harry Kane (12.4m) was the captain pick in the last round with but his August curse rumbles on for another year. He came close again, producing a couple of good saves from the keeper, but it wasn’t to be.

Despite then scoring twice for England during the international break, Tottenham face Everton away this week.

Instead, another gamble in Mesut Ozil is the pick for the armband this week. Like Kane, he hasn’t delivered yet but boasts some of the finest stats in the game.

That may come as a surprise as his performances at first glance hasn’t been up to standard but the fact of the matter is, he’s been the most creative player in the entire game this season.

The German boasts a Creative Index of 178.6 and has created 12 chances so far but is yet to register an assist.

Meanwhile, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (8.3m) has emerged as one of the most popular players in the game, but has a Creative Index of 176.2. He’s managed to create only one more chance than Ozil, but in contrast, has five assists to his name, the most in the league.

It’s only a matter of time until the Arsenal man’s efforts translate into points and playing Bournemouth at home could be the right time for things to click into place.

He offers a great differential as well with only 2.4% of FPL managers opting for the German playmaker.

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil

ALTERNATIVE

He’s back! He may not be too thrilled about remaining at Arsenal this summer, but there’s no doubting ALEXIS SANCHEZ’S (11.9m) quality. He’s been waiting in the wings for a while and barely got a look in against Liverpool. Could he announce his return to the fold in emphatic fashion against Bournemouth?

BOLD CHOICE

CHRIS WOOD (6.5m) played just 33 minutes on debut in Gameweek Three but managed to get on the score sheet. He’s proved to be a prolific Championship striker and Burnley face a leaky Crystal Palace defence at home.

TWO INS

KYLE NAUGHTON | SWANSEA CITY | 4.5M

With Swansea opting for wing-backs at the moment, Kyle Naughton should be at the top of every FPL manager’s transfer lists, if he isn’t already part of their squad.

He’s already picked up two clean sheets in three games this season and is getting forward a lot more as well.

He even managed an assist in his last outing against Palace.

Kyle Naughton

Kyle Naughton

ALVARO MORATA | CHELSEA | 10.1M

Alvaro Morata looked a bit rusty in his brief appearance for Chelsea in the Community Shield as he didn’t have the benefit of a proper preseason with his new team.

Since then though, he has steadily improved and already has two goals, two assists and five bonus points. He looks like being their main goal-getter this season and is settling into the new system slowly but surely.

His price is only going to rise as it already has by 0.1m. It’s worth bringing him in sooner rather than later.

Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata

TWO OUTS

KEVIN DE BRUYNE | MANCHESTER CITY | 9.9M

Most FPL managers have given Kevin De Bruyne every opportunity but it’s now finally time to drop the Belgian. It’s a shame because he’s been one of City’s best players this season and is likely to pick up eventually.

However, Pep Guardiola has used him in a more withdrawn role so far. He’s dictating play but isn’t having much of an influence in the final third. He’s dropped in price to 9.9m but is still to expensive for someone who isn’t showing enough promise at the moment.

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne

KYLE WALKER | MANCHESTER CITY | 6.5M

Despite his sending off in GW2, Kyle Walker still boasts a 12.5% ownership but that loyalty in the City defender seems ill-advised.

While they do have largely good fixtures over the next seven rounds, Guardiola’s side has been less than convincing.

The availability of Danilo as well complicates matters as the Spaniard tactician is bound to use him as part of his rotation policy particularly in Champions League weeks.

For a 6.5m defender, you have to be certain of their starting position and Walker’s is definitely up in the air.

Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker

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Philippe Coutinho and Alexis Sanchez seek to overcome transfer disappointment

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Philippe Coutinho.

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are proponents of crowd-pleasing attacking football which should make Saturday’s Premier League clash between Manchester City and Liverpool an eye-catching affair.

However, both City’s Guardiola and Klopp at Liverpool are under pressure this season to turn the attractive styles into silverware.

With both clubs on seven points and unbeaten after three matches they will hope their players haven’t gone off the boil after being away on international duty.

Both trail Manchester United by two points with Jose Mourinho’s side, yet to concede a goal this season, away to an unpredictable Stoke managed by former United star Mark Hughes.

For several players it will be a case of starting competitive life with their new club — the transfer window having closed during the international break — or for some a case of turning out after their team refused to sell them.

Here AFP Sports looks at five players who made the headlines for better or for worse during that frenetic period:

Boy from Brazil

Philippe Coutinho could make his first appearance this season for Liverpool and interest will be focused on his mood after he failed to secure the move to Barcelona.

Jurgen Klopp says that is all good with the 25-year-old Brazilian and he is not sulking, despite Liverpool rejecting several huge offers from Barcelona after he put in a transfer request.

That bodes well for the German as he needs Coutinho fit and on top form if he is to have a chance of delivering their first Premier League title.

He is most likely to start on the bench however.

Gunners pray for a positive Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez is even more integral to Arsenal and embattled manager Arsene Wenger’s hopes of silverware.

However, the 28-year-old Chilean’s frame of mind, after Arsenal refused to let him leave for Manchester City, will be crucial as to whether they enjoy some success.

A home match with Bournemouth, who have yet to earn a point, this season presents a golden opportunity for him and the Gunners to bounce back after the 4-0 drubbing they suffered at Liverpool which left Sanchez looking miserable.

Wenger is certain Sanchez is in the right place mentally. “I have no doubt about Alexis’s mind and mentality,” said Wenger on Thursday.

Alexis Sanchez.

Alexis Sanchez.

Sigurdsson under pressure to deliver

Unlike Sanchez and Coutinho, Gylfi Sigurdsson succeeded in gaining the £45 million ($58m, 49.4m euros) move he desired from Swansea to Everton.

However, Everton fans will be looking for far better things, starting with Saturday’s home game with Tottenham, than the anonymous performance he put in in the limp 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

Spurs fans have bitter experience of Sigurdsson flattering to deceive when he was with them so Everton manager Ronald Koeman will hope that is an extra motivating factor for the Iceland international.

Not least because the pressure is also on the Dutchman who made him his main target in the close-season.

Sobering experience ahead for Drinkwater

Timing is everything and Danny Drinkwater’s couldn’t have been worse for some as his first match for new club Chelsea could be on Saturday away to former employers Leicester.

Despite his sterling performances when they won the title in 2016 Foxes fans are not so happy about him decamping to Chelsea, like his midfield partner N’Golo Kante the year before, for a reported £35 million.

It could prove to be a baptism of fire for the 27-year-old if Antonio Conte throws him straight in and rests some players for the Champions League clash next Tuesday.

Klopp faces ‘Ox’ dilemma

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will hope to find a joie de vie at Liverpool following his £35 million transfer from Arsenal.

The 24-year-old England international, who apparently rejected the offer of higher wages from both Arsenal and Chelsea, should make his debut against City.

He will hope his move has gained him a place in his preferred role in midfield — though Klopp has several options there — rather than wing-back where Wenger had played him in recent months.

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