Manchester City make the trip to Anfield for this weekend’s crunch Premier League showdown against Liverpool. The Citizens and the Reds are presently occupying the first and second positions respectively with only goal difference splitting them, and the former have a tricky challenge on their hands on Sunday as they seek to erase their winless streak at Anfield since 2005.
Players to watch for:
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City: The Argentina international has been City’s talisman over the past seven seasons and his importance has not reduced any bit heading into the business phase of the current campaign. Aguero comes into this game having netted in each of the previous three matches but his fitness remains a concern after playing through the entire 90 minutes of the midweek Champions League triumph over Hoffenheim. Pep Guardiola has recently admitted that the marksman is struggling with a foot injury sustained versus Newcastle United last month and hopefully that does not hinder his participation for the entirety of the Reds clash. Aguero has enjoyed facing the Reds with six goals and three assists from 12 league games.
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool: Salah has not looked the same player from the previous campaign and from his performances, one could say that he trying hard to impress the club’s faithful. The Egypt international has been getting into potential goalscoring positions like the previous season but he has been guilty of making delayed decisions which have allowed opposition defenders to nullify his threat. Despite this, the attacker remains a menace for any team from the right side of the attack and City, in particular, may have an issue amid uncertainties regarding the availability of Fabian Delph and Benjamin Mendy following minor injuries. Aymeric Laporte was constantly caught out of position against Hoffenheim in midweek and a similar display would undoubtedly play into Salah’s hands.
Manchester City have already been depleted in midfield with Kevin de Bruyne only recently returning to training after a knee problem and they may have to deal with further concerns with Ilkay Gundogan said to have sustained a hamstring injury in midweek. Without the German, City realistically have just one genuine and experienced play-breaker in the form of Fernandinho and this may offer the Reds with the upper hand in this fixture.
Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool