The Citizens visits Anfield to take on Liverpool in arguably the best match of the week as both Managers come face to face in the dugout. It promises to be a combative affair at Anfield as Manchester City seeks to stretch their unbeaten run in the Premier League.
However, the hosts will be looking forward to halt City’s season at home as they device some strategies ahead of the game. Anfield always create a wonderful atmosphere for football when both sides meet and this clash will not be different as there is much at stake.
Jurgen Klopp will hope that his side can clip City’s wings at home as the crowd will be behind them in the course of the contest. Therefore, with the weight of huge expectations, the home side will be keen to do the needful and make the title race more open. On this note we evaluate three things Liverpool must do to beat Pep Guardiola’s side at Anfield.
Liverpool must keep their Shape:
The Anfield side knows about the attacking quality City got going forward in transition. Despite the absence of Gabriel Jesus, the visitors still boast of genuine attacking options. The likes of Leroy Sane, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero are available for selection and the trio will be hoping to nail Liverpool at home when they take to the pitch against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
However, Liverpool have struggled defensively since the beginning of the season, as seen in their 3-3 draw with Watford on the opening day. This was evident in the reverse leg too, when they conceded 5 goals without reply at the Etihad. But, thanks to Virgil Van Diyk Liverpool have someone at the back that can make a difference. So the home side must keep their shape in the defence to stand a chance against the flaming attack of Pep Guardiola’s side.
Avoid Too much Respect:
The Liverpool side must reunite among each other with a genuine interest to beat Manchester City thus avoiding another form of skepticism ahead of the game.
Most of the teams that visited or hosted Manchester City lost the game due to poor mental assertion as they paid too much reverence to the big names in the City’s squad. Even with the names and the quality on the Etihad side they are beatable but this can only be actualized when all hands are on deck.
City are a real threat to any opposition as seen already this season in all competition. Even the center back Nicolas Otamendi has provided the goals from the back, especially with the strike that dented Manchester United’s league challenge with a 1-2 away win at Old Trafford.
However, Liverpool must fervently brace up to the match thus contesting positively for every ball if they are to make their own quality (with the likes of Salah and Mane) count in the game.
Liverpool must seize initiative:
The Manchester City are fond of dominating possession especially in the opposition’s territory as they swept aside most of the EPL sides in the first half of the season. This is due to the immense quality of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and co in the midfield coupled with the tactical awareness and efficient team chemistry deployed by manager Pep Guardiola.
However, with Liverpool playing at Anfield, this should give them the stance to seize initiative from the game as sitting back against City will be counterproductive because the Citizens are very fluent and composed in possession.
These can really get Liverpool worn out and frustrated in the course of the tie, so this is not a credible approach to the game.
The host must take their home advantage to seize initiative and try to hit City with increased pressure on the offence despite the absence of midfield talent Philippe Coutinho as Salah offers Liverpool an edge in transition.
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