In arguably the weekend’s biggest game of the Premier League, Manchester City will play host to Liverpool. The Merseysiders are unbeaten so far this season and are the second highest scoriers in the league. The Citizens boast the same record of 2 wins and a draw, but have scored 3 goals less than Liverpool’s 8. They do however have a better defensive record having conceded only 2 goals in comparison to Liverpool’s 3.
Jurgen Klopp has not started the same lineup for any of Liverpool’s 3 league matches so far and with Phillippe Coutinho back in the squad that trend is likely to continue this weekend. The Brazilian will more than likely see minutes against such tough opposition. It is Coutinho’s fellow countryman however who is the key figure in Klopp’s tactical setup. Firmino has been in fine form for The Reds notching up 2 goals and 2 assists in the opening 3 games. The Brazilian’s pace and off the ball movement will be integral to Liverpool’s counter attacking threat against potentially high City backline.
Manchester City have started the season looking a bit disjointed and rightly so. Some of the new faces are yet to get acquainted with Pep Guardiola’s system. In addition some of their usual key players have failed to have any great impact so far this season. Sergio Aguero – only one goal away from becoming the PL’s highest scoring non-European – has looked off the boil so far only hitting the back one the net once in their 3 games. City will undoubtedly play a possession game and will need to be weary of Liverpool’s counterattack. Against an inconsistent Liverpool defense, City will not be short of chances but it will be up to the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva to provide the creative spark. The more chances they create will serve City better since they themselves are likely to be vulnerable at the back. Captain Vincent Kompany and will be missing in action due to injury. All in all, City will have to control the game and contain Liverpool’s high press in order to get something out of this game.