The Anfield side host Manchester City this weekend as hostilities resumes in the Premier League among two of the best managers in the modern game. This certainly leaves us with a weight of expectations as the match draws closer at the moment. The Etihad side will be looking to puncture Liverpool’s season campaign.
Nevertheless the home side has the ability and the guile to break the duck as they possess one of the best attacks in the Premier League. Mohamed Salah presents an advantage to the home team alongside Sadio Mane in transition coupled with home support coming from the Anfield crowd as Manchester City are in for a battle at the Merseyside Arena. However with the clash of the titans between the two sides there are three things to look forward to in the match.
Post Coutinho Liverpool era:
The talented forward moved to the Nou Camp as a potential replacement for his compatriot Neymar Santos Jnr. This has generated some interest and rave views as Jurgen Klopp insisted that it was his decision to allow the Brazilian to join Barcelona.
The German was quoted as saying “I allowed him (Coutinho) to go because it was obvious that he could not help us.”
That was the manager’s statement after Coutinho’s move early last week. However, this move comes at a time when Liverpool will be facing the League favourite Manchester City as the Etihad side continues their unbeaten run to the campaign. This match presents Liverpool with the chance to show how they can deal with Coutinho’s winter move to Nou Camp even when the move could be really anticipated.
League debut for Virgil Van Dijk:
The Belgian has moved to Liverpool already this winter as Jurgen Klopp sought for defensive stability at the back ahead of the big season. The talented center back had already made a breakthrough debut at Anfield thus helping his side to 2-1 victory over Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup match. Van Dijk powered in the header for Liverpool’s winner to the dismay of Sam Allardyce who was displeased with the outcome in the coaching dugout.
The defender might have a possible debut for Liverpool in the Premier League now as he is expected to partner his colleague in the Liverpool defence. However the defender will be tested against city as Pep Guardiola’s men arrives at Anfield to continue their terrific run.
City’s unbeaten run at stake:
The citizens visit Anfield this weekend with their sensational attacking troops as hostilities will ensue in the game from the kick-off. However while the hosts are looking to seal Champions League place at the end of the season, the visitors are comfortably seated at the top of the league log with an opportunity of point extension before Manchester united (closest rival in second position) take on stake city the following day.
This certainly will not be an easy task for both sides to achieve as they tackle each other on the pitch. With city’s unbeaten run in the current campaign, this match presents Liverpool full of their ambition to puncture City’s tyres en route to the league title. For sure, Manchester united and Chelsea will wait for that too, anticipating a favour from Liverpool with a win against Manchester City.
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