Manchester City vs Liverpool Live Stream: League Cup Prediction, TV Channel, How to Watch Online, Time, Odds

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Liverpool and Manchester City will face off in a match fit to be a final as they meet in the last 16 of the League Cup on Thursday. Both teams will be struggling to get going after the World Cup break and this will give them a good chance to test things out before returning to Premier League action where neither can afford to drop points. Playing on Thursday and Monday, there is plenty of time for Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp to play at the start with recovery in between.

Mohamed Salah and in particular Erling Haaland will be ready since no attacking stars were present at the World Cup. Guardiola issued a warning about expectations, saying: “I have players from the World Cup who are in better shape than [those who didn’t go].”

While the teams played in friendlies, athletes are creatures of habit, so the routine of regular play, especially with a compressed schedule, can take some time to sink back into. Because of this, this could play more like a high-level pre-season friendly where teams are slow to start the match, but work on things as time goes on.

Here are our stories, how to watch the match and more:

How to watch and odds

  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 22 | year: 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Etihad Stadium — Manchester, England
  • TV: None | Live broadcast: ESPN+
  • Chance: Manchester City -103; Draw +255; Liverpool +245 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Stories

City of Manchester: With a clean sheet, City’s biggest focus apart from winning the match will be integrating the players. With Guardiola feeling the World Cup participants are in better shape, they will likely form the core of the starting line-up while filling in places with the likes of Haaland who was not in Qatar. While there are minor concerns for World Cup participants, it is important to note that England do not have a winter break, so the volume of games is not that abnormal for the Premier League side compared to the other five major leagues. They will be without World Cup champion Julian Alvarez of Argentina as he remains in his homeland celebrating glory.

Liverpool: On the injury front, there are no new absences for Liverpool, but the injuries they have are significant. Luis Diaz, Arthur Melo, Diogo Jota and Curtis Jones will all be out in the new year with only Jones getting a chance to return before February. It remains to be seen how some players who were in the knockout stages of the World Cup will factor in, if at all.

Prophecy

Starting slowly this match will open up to a back and forth affair which suits Manchester City in what will be a crazy affair. Choose: Manchester City 3, Liverpool 2.

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