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Salah leads Liverpool against Man City in PL today

Sunday 14/January/2018 - 12:20 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Mohamed Emad
Such is the abundance of quality and firepower in the Premier League now، it seems as though there are genuine box office matches every other week، according to Metro.

The clash will kicks off at 6:00pm (Cairo local time).

The New Year kicked off with an absorbing four-goal spectacle at the Emirates، and now Liverpool host league leaders Manchester City in a contest that has all the makings of a similarly thrilling affair.

Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Anfield looking to continue an unbeaten run that has lasted 22 matches already this season، while the Merseysiders are blessed with the pressing، pace and ingenuity that could be their undoing. It is all set up perfectly…


It seems bizarre to suggest that a five-goal thumping at the Etihad could hold the key to finally ending City’s unbeaten run، but up until Sadio Mane’s rather harsh dismissal Liverpool were the better team back in September.They found space in behind City’s high line، pressed aggressively، forced errors، and should have scored when Mohamed Salah was put through one-on-one.

Speaking after the match، Klopp felt his side had found weaknesses in the City team but failed to exploit them: ‘Both teams didn’t defend well، both teams were not compact. But we had a lot of chances، City had two yellow cards on the 18-yard line. It was very unlucky for us in a lot of moments. I told the boys at half-time، if we’d been completely spot on، I thought we could have been in the lead in the first half. We should have.’

At that point، Salah had yet to hit the goalscoring form he is now in and there were some serious question marks over his finishing. Now، only Harry Kane has scored more Premier League goals and the Egyptian stands out as the most dangerous player in English football right now. With City’s back-line still hampered by injuries، Salah’s blend of pure pace and increasingly confident finishing could be decisive.

Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move to Barcelona has seen Liverpool’s Fantastic Four reduced to a slightly more humble Terrific Trio. The Brazilian will undoubtedly be a huge miss for Klopp’s side for the remainder of the season، though there was always a sense that his real worth came against those lower-end-of-the-league minnows who parked the bus rather than matches against rivals – even if he did score more goals against Man City (5) than any other opponent.

Understandably، Klopp has not tried to sign a like-for-like replacement for Coutinho، who was a rare mix of quick-footed Samba trickery and long-range booming shots. In his absence، Liverpool are likely to revert to the 4-3-3 they played at the Etihad، with a front three of Mane، Salah and Roberto Firmino. That feels sufficiently threatening، while it allows Klopp to bolster his midfield in an effort to disrupt City’s ball possession and control. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may get the nod to provide even more speed in transition.


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