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Liverpool’s next six fixtures compared to Man City after Saturday draw

Liverpool ended Manchester City’s 23-match winning run at the Etihad while battling out a 1-1 Premier League draw on Saturday lunchtime.

Jurgen Klopp became the first manager to avoid defeat on Pep Guardiola’s turf this calendar year as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s equalised for the visitors in the final ten minutes. Liverpool couldn’t stop Erling Haaland from scoring but limited City’s lead at the division’s summit to just one point.

Here’s what lies ahead for two sides that expect to remain at the sharp end of the Premier League by the end of season.

Juergen KloppJuergen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp became the first manager since Frank Lampard to avoid defeat at the Etihad / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Klopp ended Liverpool’s last Europa League fixture on the end of a defeat and inside a tent that was getting buffeted by boisterous and victorious Toulouse fans. “We were as organised as this press conference,” Klopp seethed in the wake of a 3-2 reverse, “pretty chaotic.”

Liverpool‘s players could make their coach an awful lot cheerier with a victory that would confirm the club’s progress to the knockout stages of the competition when Austrian side LASK come to Merseyside next Thursday.

The Reds have three Premier League fixtures compressed into seven days to kick off the infamously full festive period. None of Fulham, Sheffield United or Crystal Palace have made it into the top half of the table but Klopp’s side are no strangers to an unexpected stumble.

A trip to Bramall Lane on 6 December is the most potent banana peel in this sequence. Liverpool have not beaten a newly promoted side away from home in the Premier League since travelling to Watford’s Vicarage Road during the 2021/22 campaign.

Since the summer of 2020, Liverpool have claimed just three victories from ten matches at the home of clubs fresh from the Championship (D5 L2).

Klopp’s side conclude their Europa League group-stage campaign away to Union Saint-Gilloise before Manchester United’s always eagerly awaited trip to Anfield.

Liverpool romped to a historic 7-0 thrashing of United when the sides last met on Merseyside in March. Not only was it Liverpool’s largest-ever victory in this fixture, but it also served as United’s heaviest defeat since Wolverhampton Wanderers recorded the same scoreline on Boxing Day 1931. Yet, in defence of that United side nine decades ago, they had beaten Wolves at Old Trafford on Christmas Day.

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Fixture

Competition

30/11/23 – 20:00

Liverpool vs LASK

Europa League

03/12/23 – 14:00

Liverpool vs Fulham

Premier League

06/12/23 – 19:30

Sheffield United vs Liverpool

Premier League

09/12/23 – 12:30

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Premier League

14/12/23 – 17:45

Union Saint-Gilloise vs Liverpool

Europa League

17/12/23 – 16:30

Liverpool vs Man Utd

Premier League

Pep GuardiolaPep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola wanted some more noise from the home fans against Liverpool / Michael Regan/GettyImages

While the Premier League title is still very much up for grabs, City are assured of their place in the Champions League knockout stages – as are their upcoming opponents RB Leipzig. Guardiola’s side only need a point to secure top spot in Group G after easing to a 3-1 win over RB in Germany earlier this season.

The closest thing City have to a bogey side in Guardiola’s era arrives at the Etihad on 3 December. Tottenham Hotspur may have lost their invincible edge under Ange Postecoglou but the north London outfit have routinely got the better of City regardless of the figure standing in the dugout.

Over the last four years, four different Tottenham managers have defeated Guardiola’s imperious side.

Aston Villa boss Unai Emery has never been able to savour the sweet taste of success against Guardiola, drawing four and losing nine of his 13 managerial meetings with the Catalan. However, Emery’s side have won their previous 13 Premier League matches at Villa Park. Something will have to give next month.

City travel to Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road, a venue that doesn’t boast quite the same aura of impenetrability, before finishing off their European fixtures for the year with a trip to Belgrade to face Red Star.

Crystal Palace arrive at the Etihad for City’s final Premier League match before Christmas as early as 16 December. The European Champions embark upon their pursuit of the Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia during the second half of December.

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Fixture

Competition

28/11/23 – 20:00

Man City vs RB Leipzig

Champions League

03/12/23 – 16:30

Man City vs Tottenham

Premier League

06/12/23 – 20:15

Aston Villa vs Man City

Premier League

10/12/23 – 14:00

Luton vs Man City

Premier League

13/12/23 – 17:45

Red Star vs Man City

Champions League

16/12/23 – 15:00

Man City vs Crystal Palace

Premier League

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