Anfield will host the Skyblues on Sunday in one of the most anticipated clashes of 2018. Two of the best-attacking teams in the Premier League go head to head and Liverpool will be looking to avenge their 5-0 loss at the Etihad in the reverse fixture.
5. City’s Struggle In Defending Set Pieces And Crosses
They may not have the best defense in the league but their utter dominance in attack is restricting opponent teams from having a ‘go’ at their defense. However, defending set pieces and crosses from wide areas have troubled the Citizens in recent weeks.
Otamendi conceded an own goal against Huddersfield from a cross. West Ham too exposed their weakness when Ogbonna scored from a Creswell cross. Being that Virgil van Dijk is a big threat in set pieces, Klopp will look to capitalize on that.
4. Manchester City’s Recent Away Weak Form
Since December, the Skyblues struggled to win games on the road. They lost to Shakhtar Donetsk in a UEFA Champions League fixture; their only loss this season. They went scoreless against a bottom-ranked Crystal Palace side and won on penalties against Leicester City in the league cup quarterfinals.
In the same fixture last season, Liverpool beat Manchester City 1-0 at home. The departure of Philippe Coutinho may hurt Jurgen Klopp, but the return of Adam Lallana will be a massive boost for Liverpool.
3. Klopp Has A Better Record Against Guardiola
Jurgen Klopp is the only manager who has a better record against the Spaniard ( from a minimum of 10 competitive games). They played a lot against each other when Pep managed Bayern Munich and Klopp managed Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
In the Premier League, their record stands at 1-1. While most managers in the Premier League have tried to park the bus at the back of Manchester City, expect a different approach from Jurgen Klopp. He is bound to come to all guns blazing and will look to give Pep Guardiola the taste of his own medicine.