The Qatar 2022 World Cup is over and it is time to resume the rhythm with a long-awaited classic, which unfortunately will be the first to be missed by Luis Díaz, who is recovering from recent knee surgery that will keep him out of competition until at least next March.
The big challenge now is to behave themselves, in the EFL Cup fourth-round clash (3:00 p.m. Colombian time, ESPN and Star) that fans have been eagerly awaiting to refocus on local soccer.
Matches between the two teams have been marred in recent times by a series of unsavory incidents, most recently during October’s Premier League meeting at Anfield, when City fans were guilty of abusive chants referring to the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters, while City manager Pep Guardiola was the target of coins. thrown from the main stand.
Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan and his City counterpart Ferran Soriano issued a joint statement aimed at tackling such behavior with the threat of stadium bans.
This will be the eighth time that these two teams have met in the Carabao Cup. The record is three wins for Liverpool, one for City, and three draws. In the previous round of the Carabao Cup, Guardiola’s side eliminated Chelsea 2-0 thanks to goals from Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez.
City played a friendly last weekend against Girona. It ended with a 2-0 victory and some starters like De Bruyne, Gundogan, Mahrez or Haaland played. Liverpool, on the other hand, comes from a defeat against Lyon (1-3) and a win against Milan (4-1).
Manchester City: Ortega; Lewis, Akanji, Laporte, Gómez; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Palmer, Mahrez, Haaland.
Liverpool: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Carvalho, Thiago, Elliott; Salah, Firmino, Núñez.