Can Man City improve on poor record at bogey ground Anfield?

There aren't many grounds in the Premier League where Manchester City struggle, but Anfield is certainly one.

In fact, it's the ground where they do their worst, which could be a major factor in Sunday's biggest top-of-the-table clash.

Since Pep Guardiola was appointed manager of City in the summer of 2016, the champions' last win at home to Liverpool came in February 2021 and is their only win in seven league visits.

But City's difficult run at Anfield goes back to before Guardiola's arrival. In 26 Premier League trips to Anfield, City have registered just two wins.

17 of those meetings have ended in defeat for City, who have had just seven draws there.

Overall, City concede 0.5 points per game (PPG) at Anfield, their lowest average of all stadiums they have visited at least 10 times in the Premier League.

The city's favorite PL stadium
Arena Association in competitions* PPG
Anfield Liverpool 26 0.5
Riverside Stadium Middlesbrough 10 0.6
White Hart Lane Spurs 20 0.8
Stamford Bridge Chelsea 27 1.0
Bowling Ground West Ham 15 1.1
Ewood Park Blackburn Rovers 14 1.2
Old Trafford Man Utd 27 1.2
Elland Road Leeds United 10 1.3
bet365 arena Stoke City 10 1.4
Goodison Park Everton 27 1.4
Emirates Stadium Arsenal 18 1.4

*Minimum 10 matches

Could Pep have the final word?

Since Guardiola joined City, he and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp have held similar records in their heads.

In the 15 league meetings between the two bosses, Guardiola has come out on top five times and Klopp four, while the pair have shared six draws – including three of the last five meetings.

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But only one of Guardiola's five wins has come at Anfield, with Klopp topping the competition last season as Mohamed Salah scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory.

Klopp's reign is now drawing to a close, and given the importance of Sunday's title clash as he prepares to meet Guardiola for the final time in the Premier League, it will be harder than ever for City to silence the Anfield crowd.

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