The Premier League title race could take an early twist when Manchester City welcome Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Manchester City vs Liverpool Team News
Gabriel Jesus is back in contention following injury but Sergio Aguero remains a major doubt and Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy are both ruled out.
Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all sidelined, although Thiago Alcantara could be involved and Joel Matip should be fit to start.
The biggest match of Premier League game week 8 is happening on Sunday with a duel between the last two league winners. Both sides are coming off the back of convincing victories in the Champions League as well. This tactical analysis will be based on situations where both teams can hurt each other.
Every football fan, especially those who are into tactics and like tactical battles between managers, are looking forward to this matchup between Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola. The last time they met was on 2nd July when Manchester City demolished Liverpool 4-0 and even though it didn’t have too much impact on the table, surely it was a bitter taste for Klopp and his players to lose like that. The analysis will highlight potential situations that could happen in the match and how each team will try to take advantage of the other’s flaws.
Manchester City telah memenangi sembilan dari 10 pertandingan terakhirnya di Premier League melawan juara bertahan, satu-satunya pengecualian itu saat dikalahkan Leicester City 2-4 pada Desember 2016. Akan tetapi, mereka tidak pernah pernah memenangi 11 laga terakhirnya melawan Liverpool ketika menjadi pemenang liga (seri 2, kalah 9) sejak menang 3-1 pada Oktober 1977.
They first met as coaches in the 2013/14 season when Guardiola was at Bayern Munich and Klopp at Borussia Dortmund. That was in the DFL-Supercup and Klopp won on that occasion 4-2. Overall, the balance is in Klopp’s favour as he has nine wins to Guardiola’s eight, while there have been two draws.Of the 11 meetings in England, the record is four wins for Guardiola, five for Klopp and two draws.
Liverpool, who brought their 30-year wait for top-flight glory to a close in 2019-20, have made their way back to the loftiest of perches.
Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have not been at their free-flowing best this season, are once again looking down on the rest of their domestic rivals.