Liverpool & Manchester City Face Statement Contest at the Etihad
Liverpool will be aiming to make a second statement on the bounce to enhance their credentials as Premier League title challengers against Manchester City.
The Reds hammered Arsenal 4-0 in their last top-flight encounter, and it could have been more as Jurgen Klopp’s men humiliated the Gunners at Anfield.
The Merseysiders now turn their attention to Pep Guardiola’s side, who have made an unbeaten start to the campaign themselves.
City eased past Brighton on the opening day of the season thanks to an own goal from Lewis Dunk and a strike from Sergio Aguero.
However, they were frustrated by Everton on home soil, needing a late Raheem Sterling goal to salvage a point.
The England winger was again their saving grace to take all three points from Dean Court against Bournemouth, although he was controversially dismissed by Mike Dean for his celebration.
Both teams are evenly matched in terms of their attacking prowess, and both have weaknesses at the back. It could well be a high-scoring affair at the Etihad Stadium, with odds of -200 with Bet365 for both teams to score.
For Liverpool to maintain their impressive level of performance from their win over Arsenal, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah must once again be at the peak of their powers.
City will be bringing their own stars into the equation with a stronger cohesion of quality of that of the Gunners; therefore, whoever boasts the greater clinical edge in the final third will win the contest.
The match is equally as important for City to dispell criticism. They failed to land the signature of Alexis Sanchez, but have more than enough firepower to win the Premier League.
They’ve underperformed as a team since winning the crown in the 2013/14 season and a victory over an impressive Liverpool team will send out a signal that they will not be repeating the mistakes of old.