Liverpool v Manchester City: Manchester City makes the short trip down the M62 for their weekend trip with Liverpool. The Reds have had the edge over the Blues in their annual fixture in recent years, however, with the Blues winning 4-1 on Merseyside in February 2021 with a 2-2 draw in October last year.
The city will see the fixture as another possible step towards improving their disappointing record at Anfield, while Liverpool hopes Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Rangers will provide a springboard for their turbulent season.
Liverpool’s form has been erratic. Touted by many pundits as a potential champion, he has so far failed. They have won just two and lost two of their eight games played so far and are currently tenth in the Premier League. At this stage last season, they were second behind leaders Chelsea, who had scored 22 goals in five out of eight wins and were unbeaten.
The Reds went three games without a win, drawing 2-2 at Fulham on the opening weekend, then 1-1 at home to Crystal Palace before losing to United. They ended August by beating Bournemouth 9–0 and Newcastle 2–1 at Anfield.
Liverpool came back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 in their last home match against Brighton, but they dropped two more points by conceding a last-minute equalizer. And last time out, they lost 3-2 at Arsenal after coming from behind twice.
Who to watch
Despite losing Sadio Mane, Liverpool still has a dangerous front line. Darwin Nunez may be showing signs of finding his feet in the Premier League, with the new boy scoring 4 goals in 10 appearances. However, it is Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah who lead the line again. Both have eight goals so far this season, with Salah’s hat-trick in midweek taking him to level with the Brazilian.
Firmino is currently leading the Egyptian team and leading the Liverpool team. 6 of his 8 goals have come in the Premier League. He has attempted 18 shots in 12 matches, with a goal conversion rate of 44%, well ahead of Salah on 25%. His shot accuracy rate is 83%, again, a far cry from Salah’s 53%. So the message is clear – Stop Firmino.
Diego Jota, who was brought in to score goals, has become the chief assistant this season. Jota has five assists to his name and created nine chances in total. Firmino created 11 chances, four of which were converted. Salah has created the most chances with 30 but has only managed to take four.
Defender Joe Gomes has the highest pass accuracy with 84%, through 9 matches, Gomes has attempted 504 passes, with 426 completed.
Who’s the boss?
Jurgen Norbert Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers in October 2015. In his seven years at the club, Klopp has won a Premier League title, an FA Cup, a League Cup, a Champions League, a Super Cup, a Club World Cup and a Community Shield. . His Liverpool side have finished runners-up to City in the Premier League three times, once in the League Cup. They have also lost two Champions League finals and a Europa League final under the German manager.
Klopp has presided over 394 Liverpool matches, winning 240 and losing 60, with a win percentage of 61%.