City aim to stamp title credentials at home to Liverpool

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2020-21 English Premier League

Matchday 8 of 38 

Manchester City vs Liverpool 

Etihad Stadium 
Manchester, England 
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

"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
Draws: 42

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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Published: 11/05/2020