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Lovren: Liverpool need luck against Man City

03 January, 2019, 00:27 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Sergio Aguero turns away to celebrate after scoring against Southampton

There is a feeling that Liverpool will play more conservatively as they don't need to win this but, after blowing Arsenal at the weekend, they may want to push and put a huge nail in the coffin of City's title challenge.

In the documentary "All Or Nothing" which chronicled City's title triumph, Guardiola is seen admitting to his coaching staff ahead of returning to Anfield for the Champions League quarter-final, first leg: "They scare me".

The game will have plenty of sub-plots with people expecting this one to be contradictory of what we witnessed at Anfield in October.

Now it's different as Liverpool leads second-placed Tottenham by six points and City by seven.

"Liverpool, on the other hand, haven't encountered any problems yet this season and we don't know how they will respond when the inevitable slip does come".

"One of the most hard ones you can play in the modern football world, away at City".

Despite City boss Pep Guardiola calling the Reds "maybe the best team in the world right now" and suggesting that his side's title defence might be over if they don't win at the Etihad, Collymore isn't convinced.

Consistent success is the mark of a truly great side and if City should reel in a Liverpool side seemingly hell bent on making history, that is a tag they will deserve.

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"We are going to focus on what we have to do to win the game". Compatriots Alisson Becker and Ederson are among the league's best goalkeepers, but it is Alisson who usually gets the nod for Brazil, and we are just siding with the Liverpool man too.

As for Guardiola's praise for Liverpool, Klopp said: "I heard it".

The importance of Fernandinho was highlighted by City suffering defeats in back-to-back matches which he missed, but he returned last time out and beats the likes of Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Fabinho to a place in midfield.

Traditionally, this fixture produces goals, with 29 in the last eight meetings, both teams scoring in five and only one having fewer than three goals. It sounds like we go there and we are more likely to win the game then they are.

Guardiola said: "He trained today".

Although City have goalscorers all over the pitch, they will be seriously weakened if van Dijk can stifle Aguero for 90 minutes, as he is also a very important player in other aspects of City's attacking play. "That's the situation, so we will see what we do with that".

If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone, Sterling said.



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