Liverpool vs Manchester City: Premier League’s teams are trying everything to stop Manchester City, but it hasn’t been easy to accomplish it.
Most of them try to face Pep Guardiola’s side by opting to offer them the ball, hoping that an eventual loss of possession would create the necessary conditions to surprise the opponent.
However, the Catalan manager’s own model predicts those situations, minimizing them or taking advantage of them to, on the recovery, try and get back on the attack.
Now that we’re here, we are already going into Jurgen Klopp’s game plan, that in Liverpool has been living a more unregulated life, in the sense that they benefit from more quality on the offensive creation and less discipline on the defensive positioning.
With the signing of van Dijk, the German manager is trying to repair that weakness felt in Liverpool, although they might need more than their players’ individual quality.
Already in January, however, Liverpool was exposed to the hierarchy of football on the global scale, with the departure of Philipe Coutinho to Barcelona.
It was once again clear that, no matter how much history the Reds might have, they can’t stop their best players from being taken by bigger clubs.
To change that, they must step up on the pitch, in matches like this, to prove their ability to (still) compete on the highest level.
Liverpool vs Manchester City – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The two sides haven’t lost for a long time and they come into this match with similar levels of confidence.
The difference is the fact that Manchester City is walking towards the confirmation of the English title while Liverpool is on the fight to ensure a Champions League’s spot.
Anfield might present here a slight advantage so that Liverpool can have a different kind of attitude in the match, but it is a scenario of difficulties for Jurgen Klopp.
On 3 encounters between the two managers in England, Klopp has won at Anfield, but Guardiola’s team has battered them on their 1st meeting in the first half of the season.
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