Manchester City vs Liverpool – 3 Key Battles As The Citizens Take On The Reds
Manchester City vs Liverpool always serves up a delicious affair for the fans to witness. Numerous games between these 2 clubs have gone on to become Premier League classics. With the Premier League season well underway, the fixture is likely to throw up a very good piece of action# for the fans and pundits alike.
There are likely to be many key battles within the game itself and here are 3 key battles that we as fans can look forward to –
Mohamed Salah vs Nicolas Otamendi
The Egyptian winger will be looking forward to approach the game on a high note after impressing in his first few games as a Liverpool player. With Manchester City playing their fullbacks high up the pitch, their centre-backs could be in for a tough afternoon against the pace of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah. The Argentine defender isn’t the fastest player around and might get exploited by Liverpool’s attackers.
Jordan Henderson vs Fernandinho
The midfield battle is likely to be dominated by these two players. Captain Henderson is a wonderful sprayer of the ball and will be looking to exert his dominance in the game by providing key passes to the players in front of him. Fernandinho on the other hand, is a classic defensive midfielder who will be combative in approaching the game.
He will be doing all the dirty work expected of him and it’s a key battle to look forward to. The game is likely to be won in midfield and both players will be looking forward to putting their best foot forward in the game.
Gabriel Jesus vs Joel Matip
Gabriel Jesus has pace to burn and will be looking to use it to his best in the game against Liverpool. The Brazilian has already hit the ground running this season, getting himself a goal in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth. Joel Matip, the Cameroonian defender will have his work cut-out in an afternoon that will see his pace and strength being tested to the fullest. He will have to be aware of Manchester City’s fluency from the wider areas and should look to put in a fine performance against the Citizens’ attackers.
All in all, it looks like it is going to be a scrumptious early kick-off fixture that will set the Premier League weekend alight. Both teams will be vying to get a win and exert their dominance in their pursuit of the Premier League title. May the better team win!