Liverpool v Manchester City: Combined XI based on form and fitness

Jesse Lingard

Two of the Premier League's most feared attacking forces will go head-to-head this weekend as Liverpool host Manchester City.

However, a shocking statistic shows that the Manchester club have not recorded a single victory at Anfield in an astonishing 14 years, having lost 15 of their last 20 encounters against the Merseysiders, with their last win coming way back in May 2003.

Under Guardiola's guidance, the English wide-man has transformed into the player he looked destined to become when he left Liverpool for Manchester. Click the right arrow, above, to find out...

Someone who could help with that last bit is new signing Virgil van Dijk.

The England global was initially sidelined by illness before suffering a muscle injury that has kept him out of the first-team picture since.

Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season in what was Klopp's first full campaign in charge.

Leicester's Premier League-winning midfield of Danny Drinkwater and N'Golo Kante could line up together against their former team for the first time this weekend.

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Van Dijk scored a late victor on his debut against Everton in the FA Cup last week after his record-breaking £75m move from Southampton.

"I wasn't sure before the game but I was very sure afterwards!"

A move for the 29-year-old, who played under Guardiola at Barcelona, could not be completed on transfer deadline day in August and City were reported by The Guardian this week to have lodged a fresh £20million bid for a player who is out of contract in June.

That will rob the Reds of their creator-in-chief, the Brazilian leading the team with six assists while he also made more key passes per game (2.9) than any other player, yet it seems they were already preparing for life after him with their moves this past summer. "But the City game is a completely different game".

"I think in two or three weeks, for the Champions League game against Basel he could be ready".

"If you want to win titles you have to win these kind of games".

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