Liverpool's first game as Premier League champions sees them travel to the home of the previous back-to-back winner, second-placed Manchester City.
Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Key Stat: Liverpool's first game as Premier League champions sees them travel to the home of the previous back-to-back winner, second-placed Manchester City.
Expert Verdict: After their Premier League title was confirmed, Liverpool will be looking to celebrate against the Manchester City team whose crown they have taken. City will be motivated to spoil the title party, however - and to put a dent in the Reds' bid for more than City's record 100 points.
Fernandinho was sent off against Chelsea in the last league game, for the handball that ultimately led to Willian’s match-winning penalty, that confirmed Liverpool’s title. The Brazilian will be suspended. Eric Garcia could be back in the squad, but Sergio Aguero will definitely miss out.
Raheem Sterling – Back in the goals with two to his name since football restarted, including an excellent finish to seal victory at Newcastle.
Kevin de Bruyne – Moved to 12 goals for the season with two penalties and a free-kick and his creativity and range of passing remains central to City’s ambitions.
Phil Foden – He may only feature from the bench, but he has impressed with his performances since City returned to action.
Manchester City’s only defeat on their return to action was the one which confirmed Liverpool’s title – a 2-1 loss at Chelsea despite Kevin de Bruyne’s stunning free-kick. They had earlier beaten Arsenal 3-0 and Burnley 5-0, before their 2-0 win at Newcastle in the FA Cup last weekend. De Bruyne’s penalty and Raheem Sterling’s goal sealed their semi-final place.
Defenders:Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko
Midfielders:David Silva, Rodri, Kevin de Bruyne
Forwards:Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez
Xherdan Shaqiri remains sidelined and James Milner has been out with a hamstring injury too. Joel Matip has confirmed he is out for the rest of the season too. Liverpool were at pretty much full strength against Crystal Palace, however, and are unlikely to make changes.
Sadio Mane – Netted for the 15th time in the league this season as Liverpool thrashed Crystal Palace last time out.
Mo Salah – Has scored some key goals against City and will look to add to the 17th league goal of the season he netted against Crystal Palace.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – Another goal last time out and his assists record from right-back has been key to Liverpool’s counter-attacking style.
Liverpool have not conceded since their return to action. They started with a goalless draw at Everton before a 4-0 home win against Crystal Palace last time out. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mo Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane all scored for Liverpool.
Defenders:Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson
Midfielders:Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho
Forwards:Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane
Liverpool have only won one of their last ten Premier League matches at the Etihad, including a 2-1 defeat there last season which proved crucial in the title race. So far this season, City won the Community Shield on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Wembley but Liverpool won 3-1 in the league at Anfield – Fabinho, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane all netted before Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back. Here are the results of the last five matches:
Nov 10, 2019: Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City
Aug 04, 2019: Liverpool 1-1 (p) Manchester City (CS)
Jan 03, 2019: Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool
Oct 07, 2018: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City
Apr 10, 2018: Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool (UCL)
Manchester City have a point to prove and Liverpool have a title to celebrate and this could be a mouth-watering contest despite the title having been sealed.
City have looked good on their return to action but some kamikaze defending against Chelsea saw them lose 2-1 and highlighted why they are so far behind Liverpool.
Both teams remain head and shoulders above the rest of the league, however, and City will expect big defensive improvements for this match.
They did bounce back to reach the FA Cup semi-finals at the weekend – while Liverpool, who have no further trophies to play for, sat the weekend out.
Raheem Sterling is back in the goals and has more to prove than anyone in a fixture he has failed to impress in since his move from Liverpool to City.
With Sergio Aguero out, Sterling will be key for City. Kevin de Bruyne, meanwhile, has been outstanding since his return.
For Liverpool, they were back to full strength and back to their very best in the win against Crystal Palace in their last fixture.
Trent Alexander-Arnold scored and continued his fine season, while Mo Salah and Sadio Mane netted again too.
When they fire as they did that night, very few teams can stop them – though City’s win when they last met at the Etihad proves they are one of the teams that can.
When the two teams were last here, City won 2-1 in a match central to their title win – Liverpool’s only defeat of the season.
This time, Liverpool go to the Etihad as champions – but City can claim a victory to dampen the Liverpool party if they continue some of their recent form.
Manchester City favourites to beat Liverpool at home and can be backed at a best price of 11/10 with Betfair to claim victory.
Over 2.5 goals will return 4/7 with Bet365 and Paddy Power, meanwhile, with both teams in fine attacking form.
Both teams to score has been set at 1/2 with Bet365 and Betfair
Kevin de Bruyne has scored three goals, all from set pieces, since City’s return and he could be worth backing at a best price of 11/4 with Bet365, 888sport,
Betfair and Paddy Power to score at any time.
For Liverpool, Mo Salah is 9/5 with 888sport to score at any time.
There is only really pride to play for in this match, but it could be a showcase of both team’s attacking talents.