Liverpool take on title rivals Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon in a contest that may ultimately come down to a battle between the Premier League champions’ uncharacteristically porous defence and the home side’s star-studded attack.

Jurgen Klopp’s side may have had the meanest defence in the top flight for the past two campaigns – conceding just 22 and 33 goals in 2018-19 and 2019-20 respectively – but that rock-solid back-line has evaporated this season.Sponsored

Liverpool have worrying let in 15 goals in their seven Premier League games this campaign, as many as they shipped in their first 26 top-flight matches last term. Indeed, it’s the most the Reds have conceded seven games into a league campaign since 1964-65, while only newly-promoted West Brom have let in more so far this season.

With star man Virgil van Dijk missing from the visitors’ back-line this weekend for their toughest examination of the campaign, City must be fancying their chances of closing the gap on the leaders given both the potency of their forward line and their seemingly settled defence.

And with City having won their last three home league games against Liverpool by an aggregate score of 11-1, the omens look good for Pep Guardiola’s team.

Liverpool have worrying let in 15 goals in their seven Premier League games this campaign, as many as they shipped in their first 26 top-flight matches last term. Indeed, it’s the most the Reds have conceded seven games into a league campaign since 1964-65, while only newly-promoted West Brom have let in more so far this season.

With star man Virgil van Dijk missing from the visitors’ back-line this weekend for their toughest examination of the campaign, City must be fancying their chances of closing the gap on the leaders given both the potency of their forward line and their seemingly settled defence.

And with City having won their last three home league games against Liverpool by an aggregate score of 11-1, the omens look good for Pep Guardiola’s team.Sponsored Links

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So can Liverpool’s ever-changing back four – Klopp used his 36th different centre-back partnership in Tuesday’s 5-0 Champions League win at Atalanta – step up and blunt their hosts’ pacy attack?

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