Thanks to live online streaming video, Barclays Premier League fans who don’t have access to their TV sets can catch Liverpool vs. Manchester City, the most important match of the weekend. A Top Four berth remains at stake for Liverpool, and a chance to close ground on league-leading Chelsea is set firmly in the sights of Manchester City.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City kicks off Sunday, March 1, at noon local time, 7 am United States Eastern Time. A link to view streaming video of the live online webcast is available below.
Liverpool currently sit in sixth place, but could give their hopes of a second straight UEFA Champions League berth a huge shot in the arm with a win at Anfield. If Manchester United loses to Sunderland Saturday, and Liverpool defeats City, the Reds vault into the fourth-place slot.
But Manchester City, now in second place with 55 points, obviously pose a formidable challenge — but for different reasons than might be evident at first glance.
Both sides are coming off disappointing results in European competition mid-week, but the big difference is that while Manchester City dropped its Tuesday match at home to Barcelona 2-1, Liverpool played on Thursday in Turkey, where they Reds fell on penalty kicks after a 120-minute game against Besitkas.
Adding insult to the injury of a stinging end to Liverpool’s European campaign for the 2014/15 season, the Reds flight back to Merseyside was delayed, resulting in a 4:19 am arrival on Friday morning.
In other words, while Manchester City will have had most of the week to rest and prepare for Sunday’s crucial Barclays Premier League clash, Liverpool will be exhausted, with barely more than 48 hours to get their act together for their second meeting of the season with the powerful City side.
Liverpool dropped 3-1 decision at the Etihad way back on Match Day 2 last August.
“That extra period of 48 hours that City will have could be crucial, certainly physically,” Liverpool Manager Brendan Rogers cautioned, prior to the 120-minute debacle in Turkey. “”We can’t train on the pitch at Anfield, we can’t make it any worse than it is, so we’re having to train in daylight hours, where we could have trained later in the evening at Anfield. That doesn’t help us either. The key in it is the rest. At this stage of the season the physical condition of the players is there. What is vital is that sleep and rest.”
To find out if Liverpool is rested enough to pose a threat to Manchester City, watch live online Sunday, via NBC Sports Live Extra, available at this link, or on mobile devices by downloading the NBC Sports Live Extra app.
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