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City v Liverpool: Can Brendan Rodgers’ side overcome their recent misery in Manchester?

Liverpool will need to upset a run of recent results if they're to take three points of the reigning champs

by Josh Powell | August 21, 2014

The Northern Quarter, the Trafford Centre, the Curry Mile? There are plenty of reasons to visit Manchester, although if you’re a Liverpool fan you’d be less enthusiastic heading east on the M62. On Monday night Brendan Rodgers takes his side to the Etihad Stadium to face the Champions, but Man City hasn’t been a kind ground to visit for Liverpudlians in recent times.

The Reds have played City 76 times away from home, winning 28 and losing 27, but it is their more recent record in the league at the Etihad that will have Brendan Rodgers concerned.

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Last season Liverpool traveled to City on Boxing Day and despite taking the lead through Philippe Coutinho, first-half goals from Vincent Kompany and Alvaro Negredo gave City a 2-1 win and knocked the Reds off the top of the table. The season before that Liverpool took the lead through Steven Gerrard as late as the 73rd minute, however a Sergio Aguero goal 12 minutes from time meant that the points were shared in a 2-2 draw.

That was preceded by two 3-0 wins for Man City in January 2012 and August 2010 in which Gareth Barry and James Milner both got on the scoresheet. Liverpool can hold their own against City there is no doubt, a 3-0 win of their own was sandwiched between those two defeats, but away to them in the league has proved a trickier puzzle to master than a Rubik’s Cube guarded by a rabid badger.

  • Since the 2006/07 season Liverpool have won just one of their eight league visits to the Etihad Stadium – a 3-2 victory in 2008 when a Fernando Torres brace and a last-minute Dirk Kuyt goal helped them complete a second half come-back.
  • In five of those eight games Liverpool have failed to score, and they’ve shipped 12 at the other end along the way.

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Brendan Rodgers has never tasted victory at the Etihad Stadium on any of his three visits there. The 2-1 defeat and 2-2 draw with Liverpool came after his Swansea side were thumped 4-0 at City on their return to the Premier League in 2011. Not exactly happy memories for the gaffer.

Man City are the red-hot favourites to land an early blow in this year’s race for the title and are odds-on at 17/20 to take all three points. Liverpool are 16/5 which might be big enough to attract a few punters, while if you’re making yourself comfy on the fence you can back the draw at 13/5. The good news for any neutrals settling down for a feast of Monday night football, is that goals look likely. In the last four league games at City this fixture has featured over 2.5 goals, and it’s 8/13 that we’re treated to three goals or more again this time around.

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