Liverpool vs. Man City: Three things to expect from the Anfield clash

      

Liverpool vs. Man City: Three things to expect from the Anfield clash

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The Premier League returns after the midweek cup action, and with it the excitement keeps fanning. One of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures in this round is Manchester City versus Liverpool at Anfield.

Nevertheless, the visitors will look to stamp their authority and keep their undefeated run, and with a trio of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, this certainly looks like a big possibility. But the key to winning this clash would be matching the energy of the Reds.

On this note we take a look at some significant features as regards to the Super Clash at the Merseyside arena this weekend.

Tactical infusion

It might be an affair heavy on tactics as two of the Premier League's best tacticians square each other off this time around: Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp. When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers, and we expect this to happen to the Anfield turf.

Guardiola is likely to focus on digging a hole in Liverpool’s midfield with the aim of keeping possession and initiating play from there, while Klopp will focus on pocking the City’s backline, which has been unconvincing in recent times.

Liverpool will try to do this by trying to take advantage of the host defence with counter attacks and some quick transition play.

Transfer correlations

The summer transfer window closed on August 31 2017 before re-opening once again in the New Year with both sides making several transfer deliberations as regards to the on-going season.

Liverpool had brought in the likes of Mohamed Salah, record-signing Virgil Van Diyk and youngster Dominic Solanke, a promising talent from the English champions Chelsea.

This saw Divock Origi join German Bundesliga side VFB Wolfsburg on loan till the end of the season and Philippe Coutinho move to Barcelona.

City on their part had let go of several players like Gael Clichy and Alexander Kolarov (to AS Roma) while Kelechi Iheanacho has joined Leicester City on loan with the option of returning back to the Etihad with the aid of a buy-back clause.

Danilo had joined from Real Madrid in the summer and this match provides the adequate time to survey among the two teams which side made proper use of the transfer window as the result begins to speak on the field of play this weekend in the Match Day 23 ties.

Quality from the Etihad

Both sides are endowed with arguably some of the best talent in the modern game as the clash between the two will be widely desired for many reasons this weekend.

The likes of Mohamed Salah along with Emre Can, Sadio Mane and Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson are the shark knifes at Klopp's disposal.

Manchester City, on the other hand, will be parading Sergio Aguero , Kevin De Bruyne and playmaker David Silva. Quality is something that will not be missed in this fixutre.

 

 

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 27 59 72
2 Manchester United FC 27 32 56
3 Liverpool FC 27 30 54
4 Chelsea FC 27 26 53
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 28 52
6 Arsenal FC 27 15 45
7 Burnley FC 27 -3 36
8 Leicester City FC 27 -1 35
9 Everton FC 27 -14 34
10 AFC Bournemouth 27 -10 31
11 Watford FC 27 -10 30
12 West Ham United FC 27 -12 30
13 Newcastle United FC 27 -11 28
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 -14 28
15 Crystal Palace FC 27 -17 27
16 Swansea City FC 27 -17 27
17 Huddersfield Town 27 -24 27
18 Southampton FC 27 -12 26
19 Stoke City FC 27 -26 25
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 27 -19 20