Liverpool v Manchester City — Big Match Focus

07 October, 2018, 17:42 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Naby Keita suffered a back injury in the Champions League defeat to Napoli

In September, Merseyside Police said no arrests had been made over the incident.

But Guardiola insists it should not be necessary.

The live TV coverage of Liverpool vs Manchester City will be available on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD.

"The best way is that we should not need the police".

"Why do our fans have to protect our bus?" Are you kidding me? That is what they should do. I spoke to the Doc this morning but he didn't know. It is about being consistent every three days during 11 months. Manchester City ran away with the league last season, but it was Liverpool who handed them their first defeat of the season.

Meanwhile, City left-back Benjamin Mendy is in line to recover from a metatarsal injury on time for the crunch clash against the Reds. This weekend's meeting feels like the most important Premier League game for quite a while, given the division's lack of a proper title race last season.

Guardiola's teams can be hard to predict as he is never shy from a tactical innovation, but we expect him to go with a full-strength 4-1-4-1 here, his most common formation. We are only good at football and if we do not entertain people then why would we play it?

Last season, the coach relied on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's speed and energy to press high and exploit spaces in between the Manchester City midfield and defence, a role that Keita could have occupied.

Both sides are still unbeaten so far this term and sit joint at the top of the table with 19 points after seven games.

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Both sides have won six and drawn one of their opening seven Premier League matches, with City only ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.

The Guinean's availability is doubtful after he was carried off the field in Liverpool's midweek Champions League loss to Napoli due to a back spasm. Most consecutive wins: 18.

"They had more chances, we didn't have a shot on target". Sergio has scored a lot of goals, but there were periods when he didn't score. We will make a decision when he has spoken to the doctor.

"A lot of times it was really close but there was no real flawless decision".

"I don't play against Jurgen". We have to start anew.

The Citizens recorded their last win at Anfield thanks to Nicolas Anelka's added-time injury strike sealed a 2-1 win against the Frenchman's former club. After none of these games you go into the dressing room and think, "Now we know how to beat Manchester City", because there is no real way, no one thing that you have to do.

"He's got a good touch but what I'm saying to you is you wouldn't say he's got the best touch, best awareness, best goalscorer".

"I'm hoping this is the game of the season, with everyone at their best". The Guinean midfielder stayed overnight in a Naples hospital after suffering a back spasm.



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