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Liverpool vs Manchester City preview

Posted: Oct 1, 2021

What comes to mind when you think of the Premier League? Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson. Maybe Arsenal's Arsene Wenger coached invincibles. Perhaps the rivalry between the two. Or Jose Mourinho and Chelsea's Russian injected super charge. And certainly Peter Drury's baritone serenading football's elite. But if one was to ask this question ten years on, Liverpool vs Manchester City would be an almost certain addition to the glittering enunciation.

This rivalry, the battle of Liverpool vs Manchester City in the Premier League, is the undoubted clarion call of the last half decade. It indeed is English football's most shining advertisement. A football match between two purists. An exhibition of how football was always meant to be played. Fast, incisive, exciting, full of goals and edge of the seat at all times. Every second is lived. And every moment is a memory. Jurgen Klopp vs Pep Guardiola is our time's great rivalry. And so very contrasted in its construction. So very different in philosophy. However, extremely aligned in goal.

English football's old boys and their newest boys find it sinful today to be second best. And so they lock horns again. Early in the Premier League race and this time with company. Different hues of red and blue have emerged to sprint along. Manchester United and Chelsea are hot on the heels of the two clashing royals. Hence, result notwithstanding, winner and also-ran guaranteed when ninety minutes are done at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool vs Manchester City - form book

Liverpool vs Manchester City GrealishIt is almost impossible to pass any judgement on City. They seem to have problems. And suddenly manage to erase that word and all its synonyms from their dictionary. Pep Guardiola's men are indeed strange. Serial winning strange. Only last season they seemed a done team, needing divine intervention. And soon enough they transformed into an all marauding unstoppable force. City rendered their opponents inconsequential and seemed like an ethereal machine that has landed up on earth by chance.

In a way, perhaps that is how City is. Just impossible to predict and a direct function of Guardiola's mood. If he wants to party on the pitch, there is little else one can do but dance to his team's tune. Jazz, R&B, rock, metal or disco. The DJ is Pep and only if his gloriously complicated mind inexplicably decides to change to sombre music do the opponents have a chance. Such has also been his team's form coming into this game. Draw at home against Southampton. Then a win against Chelsea at the home of the European champions. And a defeat away at PSG to a Lionel Messi wonder goal.

While City have been up and down, Liverpool have risen and risen. As high flying as any start can get for Jurgen Klopp's men. Or so it seems after last season's blip which lasted an entire campaign. Injuries, bad form, more injuries and a late revival. However, it has been return to old ways for the Merseyside reds barring an exciting draw away against Premier League's high flying new boys Brentford. Three goals give and Liverpool got back as good in equal measure from The Bees.

But they responded from that six goal draw with a six goal game where they scored five. Mo Salah twice, Roberto Firmino as many times and fellow frontman Sadio Mane on the score sheet too. This Liverpool team, by the passing day, seems to be scoffing at those who considered them pretenders in the Premier League title race.

Liverpool vs Manchester City - tactics

Liverpool vs Manchester City Salah ManePep Guardiola knows only one way of playing. So does Jurgen Klopp. Both like to attack and score goals. Even if it be at the cost of conceding one or two. However, both take contrasting approaches to the same.

Klopp likes to create through his always overlapping full backs. Trent Alexander Arnold from right back and Andrew Robertson from left back are Liverpool's primary creators. Klopp starts with a 4-3-3 where Firmino or Jota make space for the wide men Salah and Mane to make incisive runs inward. This creates acreage for the full backs to exploit. And both the side backs have a cunning delivery coupled with tireless lungs aiding them in the constant vigils along the sidelines. Their engine room is the midfield, with captain Jordan Henderson covering both, every blade of grass and his forward thinking full backs. Of course, their entire defensive structure is based upon the superior abilities of Virgil Van Dijk.

City, meanwhile, believe in geometric patterns of passing and carving teams open. Their full backs are mostly underlappers. The wingers of City's 4-3-3 usually hold their width and make late runs to meet grounded crosses across the six-yard box. They depend on their central midfielders for creativity, playing more attack minded players in the centre of the park than Liverpool. City will play with a false nine again as they have all season. A failed pursuit of Harry Kane and the position rejig of Gabriel Jesus means Pep plays Russian roulette to select his on paper number nine.

There are similarities between the two teams too. Both managers urge their teams to press very high up the pitch. They thrive on forcing mistakes in the opposition third before launching a quick goal bound attack.

Liverpool vs Manchester City - team news

Liverpool vs Manchester CityLiverpool will most likely field their familiar 4-3-3 formation and so will Manchester City. On certain occasions in the past, this fixture has seen both managers change approach. Perhaps a consequence of battle hardened mutual respect. No team can really afford a defeat. And neither can really not win. Although early in the title race, a stalemate serves neither any purpose. And yet perhaps stalemate might be the wise choice.

It will thus be interesting to see the combination the managers choose. Liverpool's choices are lesser than their visitors. City have riches very few in football do. So, Pep might have to make a few tough calls. Jack Grealish had a forgettable outing in Paris and Bernardo Silva missed an open chance. Rodri was not at his best either. Klopp's headaches are slightly lesser.

Liverpool predicted 11: Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones; Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.

Manchester City predicted 11: Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish.


Liverpool vs Manchester City: Fantasy Football picks

On the Real Fantasy Teams app, available for download on App Store and Play Store, each team can have a maximum of three players. And, Liverpool and Manchester City are the two best teams to pick three players each from. The two teams are glittered with talented players who consistently score well on Fantasy Football.

Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson.

Manchester City: Joao Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish.