Manchester City test awaits Liverpool

Manchester City test awaits Liverpool

The central match in the EPL’s eighth round will be Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola’s clash, where the latter will try to take revenge for three defeats last season. The teams have 19 points in the asset by far and lead the tournament table.

At the beginning of the current season Jurgen Klopp’s team showed well-balanced game in all lines from defense to attack. The midfield helped full-backs, creating numerical advantage on a certain area of the pitch. With the help of gegenpressing Liverpool managed to take away the ball and conduct a counter-attack. However, Jurgen Klopp’s team has been experiencing difficulties in the last three matches.

At first, the Reds lost to Chelsea in the League Cup final, which may not be a tragedy, but became the first red flag for Klopp. As the EPL novice Maurizio Sarri outplayed him with the help of the striking force of the midfield and a creative winger Eden Hazard. In the Premier League match Liverpool equalized on the 90th minute thanks to Sturridge’s shot. In all fairness we should note that before that the Merseysiders created moments to score, but the ball did not go to the net.

However, the apogee was the last match of Klopp’s team against Napoli in the Champions League. Four shots in the match, none on target and a 1:0 loss with the first-team squad. Salah is far from his optimal shape from last season, Alexander-Arnold couldn’t keep up with Insigne and Keïta got injured and most likely will miss the forthcoming match against Manchester City.

On the contrary, Manchester City are on a rise. Despite Kevin De Bruyne’s injury, the Citizens win in the league and learned from mistakes of the Lyon loss. Guardiola competently coped with the match against Hoffenheim and restructured the team twice during the course of the match, which led to a victory.

Bookmakers still reckon that Liverpool are the favorites of the match. Maybe, operators give preference to the hosts because of the home ground factor, but out of the matches for the past six months the Reds lost once at Anfield. The odds on Liverpool victory are 2.50, on Manchester City triumph – 2.70 and one can bet on a draw for 3.60.