Man City v Liverpool – Opposition Preview

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By Lewis Thompson

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Liverpool are set to take on Manchester City at the Etihad in their 21st game of the season. The reds are well under way in their preparations to try and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to a massive 9 points! Although as it is looking to be one of Liverpool’s hardest fixtures so far this season, it will not be an easy one to grab all three points from.

After previously meeting each other this season in an action-packed match at Anfield with both sides failing to put the ball in the back of  the net and Algerian international Riyad Mahrez missing a penalty, both sides will be hungry for goals this time around.

Liverpool have a strong record against Manchester City with The Reds winning three and drawing one in their last five games in all competitions.

However, City will be looking to get their revenge on Liverpool after their defeat to them in both legs of the Champions League last season which saw them crashing out at the quarter finals. Man City will want a repeat performance from the last time both sides met at the Etihad in the Premier League. We all know how that went… nothing else needs to be spoken about that performance. (We only had 10 men!).

 

Klopp’s men will be filled with confidence due to Man City only winning one of their last three games in the Premier League. Man City fans were sent into shock after Andros Townsend’s brilliant strike from outside the box give Crystal Place a 3-2 win at the Etihad a few weeks ago. It also got worse for City as they went to the King Power Stadium the following week only to yet again drop points in a surprise 2-1 defeat to Leicester City.

City will be walking out in the Etihad with a very strong line-up as players such as David Silva and Fernandinho are both back and fully fit from their respective injuries. Questions are being raised over the fitness of Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne as he sat out City’s 3-1 win over Southampton due to a muscle injury. Guardiola had some comments on De Bruyne, “He trained today (These comments were on Wednesday), but tomorrow we need another check in the morning,” “But he is much better now” Ilkay Gundogan could also feature on Thursday, however Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Claudio Bravo (Achilles) are still out with their long-term injuries. Fabian Delph is also out for this game as he got sent off against Southampton.

Now onto my predicted line-up for Manchester City. City are going to go big because quite frankly they have too. Go big or else The Reds will punish you. Therefore, I think Pep will start the game with an attacking 4-3-3. Ederson in nets, Walker, Stones, Laporte and Zinchenko in the defence. De Bruyne (If fit), David Silva and Fernandinho in a very strong midfield. And I think his front three will be Sterling, Aguero and Mahrez.

Personally, I’m not scared of this Man City side, we beat them three times last season with Loris Karius in goal, they only scored one goal in two legs of the Champions league with that garbage in goal. But I do understand the threat Manchester City have going forward especially if De Bruyne is fit. I’m weirdly confident about this game, so I’m going to go for a 3-1 win to Liverpool. With Salah scoring two and Mane getting one. Tell me what you think the score will be? Could this match decide the league? COME ON YOU F*CKING REDS!!

By Lewis Thompson

Twitter – @LewisThomps0n

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