Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview: A Chance to Make A Statement of Intent

Sunday’s clash between Liverpool and Manchester City certainly poses a lot of questions for both teams. Will Manchester City cope without the services of their talismanic Argentinian goal machine Sergio Aguero? Will Liverpool be able to nullify the threat of Manchester City with the loss of arguably their best defender Daniel Agger? Clearly there are a number of sub-plots to the game, yet as these games have illustrated in the past, making predictions is incredibly difficult and picking an outcome for Sunday remains an impossible task.

The Rodgers era got off to a disappointing start last Saturday at West Brom. Yet in spite of the final score line there were a number of positives to take from the game. The opening half saw Liverpool dictate the flow and tempo of the game with great aplomb and but for some careless finishing they would have led at half time. Certainly, the philosophy the Rodgers has brought to the club will not be adopted in a single match. Yet the signs during the opening half of this game were nevertheless encouraging. Aside from a few wasted opportunities particularly from Luis Suarez, Liverpool largely controlled play and this is something Rodgers is sure to have emphasised to his players all week. The league debut of Joe Allen also highlighted the new style that should make Anfield an entertaining ground to visit this term. However the team’s display during the second half was completely unacceptable.

Conceding three goals away fro home is no disaster, but to basically capitulate in the manner that Liverpool did after the loss of Agger is somewhat worrying. The substitution of Lucas certainly opened up the game and left the Liverpool rearguard horribly exposed, something that will not happen this weekend. Sunday should see Liverpool reaffirm their commitment to their new footballing philosophy under Rodgers. Whether it will be enough to defeat City is debatable but it will certainly test the champions in all facets of their game.

Last weekend City, while scoring three goals and missing a hatful of chances, looked vulnerable at the back. This is an area that Liverpool need to exploit if they are to claim the first victory of the Rodgers era. Players like Stewart Downing need to showcase their ability and Sunday is the perfect occasion for Downing to properly “launch” his Liverpool career. With the movement of Suarez upfront and the attacking nous of Allen and Fabio Borini, Sunday represents a golden opportunity for Liverpool to open their Premier League account against the best team in the country.

Certainly City will not roll over and with David Silva certain to perform better then he did last Sunday, they too will expect a much higher level of performance. The loss of Aguero is significant; as he is there go-to guy up front — although a rejuvenated Carlos Tevez will carry a major threat. The game will possibly be decided in midfield and with the colossus of Yaya Toure, City will fancy their chances. However, Liverpool has the luxury of Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard, and will be confident these players will be able to lead them to victory.

Predicting an outcome for such a clash so early in the season is impossible, but it is a game I believe Liverpool will not lose.

12 thoughts on “Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview: A Chance to Make A Statement of Intent”

  1. So you took from last weekend, where CIty won and Liverpool lost that City is in Trouble and Liverpool is fine?

    Odd if you ask me.

  2. So we have Chelsea vs. Newcastle on Saturday, and Fulham vs. Manchester United on Saturday and EPL Talk’s main header is Liverpool vs. Manchester City preview which isnt even until Sunday. Why?

  3. The problem with Liverpool is that they need a goalscorer and until they get one they will struggle. Suarez was just as wasteful last week against West Brom as he was all of last season. The question is when will he start scoring.

    Liverpool will miss Agger and Carragher is now a liability in defense. Coates is still too inconsistent. This will be a problem for Liverpool trying to control Tevez and Balotelli/Dzecko (sp.)

    City will miss Aguero but they still have enough goalscorers to fill the void. Won’t be an easy win for City but they should win nonetheless as they have game-changers all over the pitch.

    1. Suarez needs a partner in crime up front with him. He is expected to create all the chances and then score all of them. He needs someone to dish the ball to after he slides himself and the ball past two defenders. There is no one better than Suarez when it comes to beating defenders, and he needs offensive support. Otherwise, he is forced to do everything and that is a ton to ask in the EPL.

  4. I can’t see this being anything but 3 points for city. Liverpool not bringing in a goal scorer this season is just inexcusable and will cost them big time.

    1. Clearly you know nothing about Liverpool. They have made it a habit of beating the top teams and then squandering points to relegated sides.

      City is hands down the better team, but Liverpool can be really effective when things click. City’s game last week showed that they have problems focusing. Southampton came reasonably close to gaining points in that game, much closer than they should have. When City is on, they are unbearable to watch because of their effectiveness, but they effectively played two games last week against Southampton, they won one one million to nil and lost the other 2 to nil.

      1. In his defense, Liverpool took a total of 3 points away from their 8 Premier League matches in the top 4 (home draws against Man Utd, City and Spurs). If you include Newcastle, they took 6 points. Far from a team with a habit of beating the top teams.

    2. Yes I know nothing about Liverpool and the need for them to have somebody who can actually put the ball in the back of the net.

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