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2020-21 English Premier League
Matchday 8 of 38
Manchester City vs Liverpool
Sunday, 8 November 2020
Kick-off is at 18:30 CAT
Following an irregular start to the 2020-21 English Premier League season Manchester City will be aiming to stamp their title credentials when they host Liverpool
in what promises to be a mouthwatering clash.
City extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a hard fought 1-0 victory away to Sheffield United last time out. The Cityzens remain five points behind the league leaders but within striking distance heading into matchday eight.
"We played really well," said City manager Pep Guardiola. "We struggled to score goals for the chances we created, 16 shots, eight on target, is a lot against this team.
"It was our third game in seven days away from home. We played a really good game with a tempo we need against Sheffield United. If you play rhythm where you don't control, they punish you in the transitions because they are so strong in these areas, stronger than us."
The Reds moved to the summit of the Premier League standings with a 2-1 win over West Ham United. Diogo Jota scored a late winner for the defending champions who have been hit by a spate of injuries in an already congested campaign.
"When we talk about difficulties with schedules and fixture lists and stuff like this, we know that we all wanted this desperately – that we can play," Reds boss Jurgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
"It was always clear this season we would have pretty much the same amount of games in a shorter amount of time. So that's the challenge already and then it was always clear that it will be the most difficult season we've ever experienced.
"We knew that before we experienced it and now we are in it. So it's really a tough challenge but it's possible to get through it when the players are fighting the circumstances, like our boys do constantly."
City beat Liverpool 4-0 in the corresponding fixture last season, but the Reds had at that stage already clinched a first league title in three decades.
Manchester City vs Liverpool head-to-head statistics:
Matches played: 168
Manchester City wins: 46
Liverpool wins: 80
English Premier League fixtures, matchday 8:
Friday, 06 November
19:30 - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Burnley
22:00 - Southampton vs Newcastle United
Saturday, 07 November
14:30 - Everton vs Manchester United
17:00 - Crystal Palace vs Leeds United
19:30 - Chelsea vs Sheffield United
22:00 - West Ham United vs Fulham
Sunday, 08 November
14:00 - West Brom vs Tottenham Hotspur
16:00 - Leicester City vs Wolves
18:30 - Manchester City vs Liverpool
21:15 - Arsenal vs Aston Villa
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