After being dished out a 5-0 humbling at the hands of Manchester City when the two teams met at the Etihad Stadium back in September, Liverpool are ready to host Pep Guardiola’s men at Anfield on Sunday (January 14). While the Reds are currently 4th in the league, City are already looking like champions elect after opening a 15-point gap at the top of the table.
Ahead of this heavyweight clash, we take a look at 5 players who played with both Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League.
1. Raheem Sterling
95 Premier League games, 18 goals for Liverpool
84 Premier League games, 27 goals for Manchester City
After making his name as a young winger with loads of potential under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, Raheem Sterling moved to the blue half of Manchester in the summer of 2015 for a fee in the region of £50 million which was deemed ludicrous at that time. Sterling had an average first season at City under Manuel Pellegrini and followed it up with another campaign that was rather underwhelming. But the former QPR-man has exploded under Pep Guardiola this term and is the leading goal-scorer for his side with 18 goals in all competitions this season, fully justifying his price tag in the process.
2. James Milner
147 Premier League games, 13 goals for Manchester City
82 Premier League games, 12 goals for Liverpool
An ultimate utility man, James Milner joined Manchester City from Aston Villa following the 2010 World Cup in a £25 million transfer. The former England-man had a successful 5-year spell at the club, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup as well. His tireless running and limitless stamina reserves saw him become a huge favourite among City fans. After seeing his game time limited, Milner joined Liverpool on a free transfer ahead of the 2015 season and he has been usual, effective self for the Merseysiders and is also their vice-captain at present.
3. Robbie Fowler
266 Premier League games, 128 goals for Liverpool
80 Premier League games, 20 goals for Manchester City
A boyhood Evertonian, Robbie Fowler is fondly remembered as “God” by the Liverpool supporters and deservedly so. Fowler is one of the most lethal strikers to have played in the Premier League and easily among the top 5 players to emerge out of the academy for Liverpool. The born Scouser scored 171 goals in all competitions in his first spell at the club, before being sold to Leeds United in 2001. He subsequently joined Kevin Keegan’s Manchester City in 2003 and eventually completed a surprise dream move back to Anfield under Rafa Benitez in 2006.
4. David James
214 Premier League games for Liverpool
93 Premier League games for Manchester City
Goalkeeper David James had a lengthy spell at Liverpool between 1992 and 1999 and also became England’s undisputed first-choice man between the sticks during this time. All was not rosy for James on Merseyside though as we was even nicknamed “Calamity James” after a series of high profile blunders in goal for the Reds. After his time at Liverpool, James had spells at Aston Villa and West Ham, before signing for Manchester City in 2004 and spent two years at the club. David James is also among the highest appearance makers in Premier League history.
5. Daniel Sturridge
21 Premier League games, 5 goals for Manchester City
98 Premier League games, 48 goals for Liverpool
A hero of Liverpool’s 2013/14 campaign where they almost won the league, Sturridge actually started his career at Manchester City and is a product of their youth academy. After failing to break into City’s first team, Sturridge signed for Chelsea in 2009 but ultimately faced the same problems at the club and ultimately joined Liverpool in the January 2013 transfer window in a £12 million move. The England-international was an instant hit at Anfield and seemed to have finally found a home at Liverpool until injuries started taking a toll on his career. A lethal frontman when fully fit, Sturridge is now on the fringes at Liverpool and is looking for his next move.