Manchester City’s tactics a compliment to Liverpool, says Virgil van Dijk


Manchester City’s tactics a compliment to Liverpool, says Virgil van Dijk

"We stood strong and showed great mental strength", said Stones after the game. Seems like Liverpool are going with a 4-3-3, whilst Naby Keita makes the bench after recovering from the back spasm he suffered against Napoli midweek.

Jesus went down holding his face after a stray hand from Lovren but City's third penalty appeal also went unheard, while Sturridge's weak header was scooped up by Ederson as more half-chances came and went.

Despite Manchester City's record-breaking campaign last season which saw them capture the league title with a century of points, Liverpool got the better of City in three out of the four games they played across all competitions. Regardless of the result, I'm expecting goals plenty of talking points and some red-hot chat on the live blog! I would like to have taken it, I was confident, so I was not happy that they did not allow me.

But despite their scintillating form, Neville doubts Arsenal or Chelsea will challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for the title.

"That was something for concern certainly for the Chelsea fans at the start of the season". You can watch all the action Live & Exclusive via beIN SPORTS Connect.

"But I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the hard games which we have against mid-table and lower teams".

Jurgen Klopp has tended to get the better of Pep Guardiola in their recent battles.

City missed the chance to earn a first Premier League win at Anfield since 2003, but a goalless draw extends Liverpool's winless run to four matches, with Stones keen to stay positive after his side moved top of the table on goal difference.

In team news, Naby Keita is the only doubt for the Reds. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is likely to cover.

Liverpool's defense has been vastly improved so far this season, which is just as well given the struggles of the front three.

As for Manchester City, they were the only Premier League side to register a victory in the Champions League midweek with a narrow 2-1 win over Hoffenheim.

It was billed as the biggest game of the season so far but it failed to live up to those expectations as, until the last 15 minutes, both sides appeared reluctant to commit to all-out attack for fear of what the consequences at the other end may be.

With Aguero off the pitch the responsibility was handed to Mahrez - after Jesus was seemingly told to stand down - but with Alisson going the right away he blazed over, making it three failures in his last six.

It is going to be interesting to see the outcomes of the matches in the next few games and how the teams fare against the rivals after the worldwide break.



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