Manchester City v Liverpool: Predicted line-ups

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A newly-revamped Liverpool will face their first major challenge of the new season when they take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

Both teams claimed victories in their opening fixtures of the season - Liverpool saw off Southampton while Manchester City eased past Newcastle - and they will now put their winning starts on the line.

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Brendan Rodgers will be without the injured Daniel Agger - although the Dane is out of favour at Anfield and could leave before the close of the transfer window - while Adam Lallana still isn't ready to make his debut just yet.

Manchester City meanwhile are unable to call upon Alvaro Negredo, but Sergio Aguero is in contention to start having only been used as a substitute against Newcastle following his exertions at the World Cup. New boy Equilium Mangala isn't quite ready yet.

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These two teams met in pre-season and played out a 2-2 draw which Liverpool then won on penalties, while three of their last five competitive games have ended up in a draw.

Liverpool claimed a dramatic 3-2 win over the Citizens last season which seemed to mark their arrival as Premier League champions elect - however ultimately it wasn't meant to be.

Manchester City predicted XI

Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, Kompany, Demichelis, Fernando, Toure, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko

Liverpool predicted XI

Mignolet, Johnson, Lovren, Skrtel, Manquilo, Allen, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge

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