Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Liverpool v Manchester City: Essential reading for Super Sunday

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola dismisses champions-elect tag Liverpool ready to sell Daniel Sturridge for £30m after he asks to quit Anfield
Rita Gibson | 13 January, 2018, 04:00

Liverpool have only lost three league games in 2017/18, but the 5-0 mauling they received at the Etihad Stadium was certainly the most comprehensive and it will be intriguing to see how much both sides have developed since then.

Arsenal is tied with Manchester United for the second best home record in the EPL at 8-1-2.

Man City are 5/4 favourites, while the draw is 13/5.

The £625,000 Sir Alex Ferguson paid Oldham Athletic in 1990 for the services of Irish left-back Denis Irwin will surely go down as one of the legendary Scots best value for money deals.

Man City eased its way to the FA Cup round of 32, where it will play either Cardiff City or Mansfield. It remains to be seen whether Liverpool are in the market for a like-for-like replacement who was bought for £8.5m and sold for over £140m, but Jurgen Klopp will have to use what he now has at his disposal to try to get the better of all-conquering Manchester City this weekend.

Tottenham's top-four fight figures to go down to the wire, so Spurs will have the added pressure to secure points as it fights for its place in Europe.

Manchester City look to take another step towards the Premier League title when they face Liverpool on Sunday. City had enough chances to win that game, but you can say that about any match they play in and home teams are finding more solutions to being able to compete when they welcome the North-West outfit to their own backyard.

"City have won at Chelsea and Manchester United and I don't see them getting beaten at Arsenal or Tottenham".

Japan, China spat over disputed islets in East China Sea
A foreign submarine was also detected in the same area on Wednesday as well as on Thursday, according to Japan's Defense Ministry. Relations between Japan and China deteriorated in 2012 when Tokyo "nationalised" some of the islets.

Alberto Moreno also returned to full training on Wednesday after recovering from an ankle injury that he sustained during Liverpool's Champions League win over Spartak Moscow a month ago.

With Liverpool perhaps standing as the most similar team to Guardiola's oppressive City in terms of style and approach, Sunday's clash will fall into the favour of whichever side can consolidate their methods quickest. That is just one of our motivations.

Klopp also rejected suggestions Naby Keita's move from RB Leipzig to Liverpool, set to be completed at the end of the campaign, could be brought forward to help the team cope with the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. The Dutchman, just signed from Southampton for £75 million, had a dream debut, scoring the victor in the Merseyside derby last weekend.

Tests don't come much tougher than Sergio Aguero however, who will lead the City attack in the absence of Gabriel Jesus.

"He's more mature, and of course has to be calm and play the game he has to play". Sterling in scintillating form having netted 14 goals.

Guardiola congratulates his players after the final whistle.

With our much loved Premier League celebrating its 25th Birthday this season we thought it would be the flawless time to look back at the best players to feature in each position over the last quarter century.

Arsenal host City next month, but given their latest crisis, it is not easy to envisage them being the team to stop City.

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