Liverpool v Manchester City

Sunday 26 August 2012, 16:00 KO

Anfield, Barclays Premier League

Team News:

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will return after being rested for the Europa League tie against Hearts.

Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson should also be back, but Joe Cole may miss out.

Daniel Agger serves the first game of his three-match ban following his red card against West Brom last week.

Manchester City will be without last season's top scorer Sergio Aguero, who injured his knee in the 3-2 victory against Southampton last Sunday.

Gareth Barry (stomach) and Micah Richards (ankle) are still ruled out, but Roberto Mancini has no other fresh injury concerns.


Skrtel looks forward to City challenge

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is relishing the challenge of keeping Manchester City's formidable strike force at bay, in the club's opening home fixture of the 2012/13 Premier League campaign.

Roberto Mancini's Citizens side travel to Merseyside off the back of a 3-2 victory against Southampton last weekend, while the Reds will be looking to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat at The Hawthorns against West Brom.

Brendan Rodgers' players could have hoped for an easier task than having to face the reigning champions on their return to Anfield, but Skrtel insists he is not scared of what lies ahead.

"They don't make me nervous," the Slovakian stopper told "They are great players and you have to respect them and their quality.

"But we believe in ourselves and we know we have quality of our own. Personally, I am always looking forward to playing against the players like the ones City have.

"It's always a tough challenge but I enjoy these games. You have to show that you are special if you are going to stop them and that's what I try to do in every game - and that's what I will do on Sunday.

"They were champions last season and they are one of the favourites this season but we are only focusing on ourselves. We've got our own targets and to achieve these we have to win games in the league, starting on Sunday.

"It will be a special day and it will be a great opportunity for us to show we are a better team than the one who played against West Brom."

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