With Liverpool’s chances to repeat as English Premier League champions hanging by a thread, the Reds will look to stay alive in the title race in a massive showdown versus Manchester City. Currently at the top of the table with 47 points, Man City holds a two-point lead over Manchester United but will have a game in hand after Sunday’s contest. With 40 points, Liverpool sits in fourth place as it tries to rebound after suffering its second straight home defeat, a 1-0 loss versus Bright & Hove Albion. The firepower in this one will be on full display, highlighted by the Reds’ dynamic front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. On the other side of the pitch, Pep Guardiola’s side is led by a plethora of talent, including Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus.
Sunday’s match will air on NBC Sports Network on your local TV provider. You can watch the game for free online if you sign up for a free trial with Sling, fuboTV or Peacock Premium.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City (English Premier League 2021)
Start time: 11:30 a.m. EST
TV channel: NBCSN (Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity,Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV, Dish, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling.)
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More soccer coverage via the Associated Press:
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Jürgen Klopp might be getting his excuses in early.
Losing to Manchester City on Sunday would leave Liverpool 10 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side. After ending Liverpool’s three-decade title drought, Klopp could be surrendering the Premier League trophy within a year.
For the Liverpool manager, the fault will — in part — be the grueling fixture schedule.
“We didn’t have a break,” Klopp said Friday. “I think City had a two-week break for COVID reasons.”
Not so, says Guardiola.
“He made a mistake,” the City manager said in a news conference shortly after Klopp spoke in Liverpool.
City had a game at Everton postponed on Dec. 28 as part of a coronavirus outbreak that forced six players and staff members into isolation.
As a result of the cancellation, City had a gap of eight days between their game against Newcastle on Dec. 26 and the trip to Chelsea on Jan 3.
“Jürgen has to see the calendar again,” Guardiola said. “We had COVID. We have one week and we played with 14 players at Stamford Bridge.”
Those matches came early in the current nine-game winning streak in the Premier League that has taken City from midtable to three points clear of Manchester United at the top with a game in hand.
Liverpool has experienced a downturn in fortunes in that time, slipping from first to fourth place, seven points behind City having played a game more,
Guardiola points out the only days off City had as a result were the day of the intended game at Goodison Park and the planned recovery day afterward.
“I’m not irritated. I didn’t expect it, not from him,” Guardiola said of Klopp. “He knows it’s not true, come on! Nobody in the Premier League has had two weeks off. Everyone knows it.”