Liverpool vs Manchester City: Three key battles that could decide the crunch tie
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Three key battles that could decide the crunch tie
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Liverpool vs Manchester City: Three key battles that could decide the crunch tie

Liverpool will host Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday evening in a blockbuster match that might have an impact on the English Premier League season. 

The two sides, which battled all the way last season, are considered the title favourites once again, even though Jurgen Klopp's side seems to be the side to beat this campaign. 

They have started the League in emphatic fashing, winning all their matches except one, and will be hoping to get one over their closest challengers. 

Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, will be keen on stopping The Reds or risk falling nine points behind this early in the season. 

Ahead of the tie, which battles would we expect to see?

Firmino vs Fernandinho

Fernandinho has been used in central defence for the defending champions in the last couple of matches, due to injuries to key defenders, and is expected to start once again.

He might be partnered with either Nikolas Otamendi or John Stones, but the Brazilian might come up against his national teammate, who loves playing against City. 

Liverpool's number nine has scored five goals against City since November 2015 when he netted his first, and was on the bench against Genk in midweek. 

Firmino is one of the most intelligent strikers in modern football, and it will be relishing to seem come up against an experienced Nando. 

Fabinho v Kevin De Bruyne

Fabinho has grown into one Jurgen Klopp's most trusted generals and has been exceptional for The Reds both in the League and Europe. 

He was perhaps tactically left out of last week's match against Aston Villa as he carries four yellow cards and could have risked missing the crunch tie today. 

His ability to shut down opponents and launch attack has been one of the most important skills for Klopp's side and will be a dangerous weapon in the midfield. 

On the other side is one of the most creative players in midfield in Kevin De Bruyne, who can dictate the game from purely any point on the pitch. 

For this reason, he has the ticket to wander across the midfield looking to exploit any little space, and his pin-point crosses can easily take out a number of players. 

It will be a battle of pace, ability to pass and general dictation of the match from the midfield. Who will come out top?

Trent Alexander-Arnold v Raheem Sterling

Sterling is arguably the most in-form player in Europe right now, well there is Lewandowski, but the Englishman has been consistent. 

His movement and pace on the wing can be a nightmare to many defenders, and he has added the finishing characteristic to his all-round game. He has 14 goals in 16 outings in all competitions.

He has improved on his defensive duties and can be a handful for any defender. 

In Trent, Liverpool has one of the best fullbacks in Europe. He has become a mainstay in Liverpool's backline and has played every single minute of the current Premier League campaign. 

He has the pace and loves bursting forward to aid attacks, like last week against Aston Villa when he assisted Sadio Mane's goal. 

Will he have the space and confidence to burst forward knowing Sterling is equally pacy? 

 

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