The biggest game in the first weekend of Premier League action after the latest international break sees Raheem Sterling come up against his former Liverpool team-mates for the first time since his controversial summer switch to the Etihad Stadium.
The England striker is sure to get a hot reception from the visiting Reds fans still angry at the manner in which he left.
The visitors are aiming to bounce back from defeat to Crystal Palace last time out.
Manchester City are aiming to consolidate top spot with victory, as they will drop down off the top should Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester United all win away from home earlier in the day.
City will be without key pair David Silva and Vincent Kompany, but Sergio Aguero is set to return from a hamstring injury.
For Jurgen Klopp‘s visitors, there is no Jordan Henderson or Mamadou Sakho, but Daniel Sturridge may return from his own injury troubles. I wouldn’t expect him to start however.
Liverpool have a decent record away to today’s hosts, having only lost six of eighteen visits to the Etihad. However, they have not won there since 2008.
City won the corresponding fixture last season 3-1, with goals from Aguero and a double from Stevan Jovetic. Liverpool replied through a Pablo Zabaleta OG.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Bacary Sagna, Eliaquim Mangala, Nicolas Otamendi, Aleksandar Kolarov; Fernandinho, Yaya Toure; Jesus Navas, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling; Sergio Aguero
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Simon Mignolet: Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno; James Milner, Lucas, Jordon Ibe, Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Christian Benteke
by Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75