Manchester City Magic or Mayhem?
Manchester City play host to Liverpool in the early kick off on Saturday in the Premier League. Both teams come into the game with identical league records. They have played 3 matches, won 2 and drawn 1. For me however that is where the comparison ends.
Manchester City were very fortunate to beat Bournemouth 2-1. Raheem Sterling scored the winner in the 97th minute and there was only supposed to be 5 mins injury time! This resulted in a red card for Sterling and he will now miss this game.
Manchester City whilst spending nearly £200 million on defenders this summer they still look suspect at the back.
The question in this game could be whose defence is more dodgy? However they are still undefeated and now comes a game against one of their main title contenders.
You then look at the magical part of City which is their midfield and attacking potential. Any club in the world would love to have their squad. Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel, David Silva, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling all have Premier League experience and goals.
Liverpool - False Dawn or a Giant Reawakening?
Jurgen Klopp appears to putting his own stamp finally on Liverpool. His team are now playing the high pressing game that Borussia Dortmund played with great success.
This has seen Liverpool ease into the Champions League group stages with a comprehensive win over Hoffenheim winning 6-3 on aggregate.
It has also seen them start the Premier League season undefeated. This has included a comprehensive 4-0 drubbing last time out over Arsenal.
Similarly to Man City, Liverpool’s defence has come under criticism. They appear to be particularly susceptible at set pieces.
Also like Man City there is still a huge question mark over their goalkeeper and whether their manager is actually content with who he has?
However in the last 10 Premiership games Liverpool have only conceded 6 league goals and 3 of those came in the opening league game of this season at Watford.
In the same period the have scored 20 league goals which clearly shows where their strength lies. Last season there were only 5 league matches where Liverpool failed to score. They seemed to struggle to break down teams who sat back deep against them (Southampton x 2, Burnley, Hull and Man Utd) were the teams who they failed to score against.
I think with the additions of Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold alongside Solanke there is now an abundance of pace and guile to add to the craft and nous of Coutinho, Firmino, Mane, Sturridge and Lallana.
This should see them able to open teams up and spread the goals across the team.
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