Continuing our theme of looking at our main rivals for the Premier League title, this time we take a trip along the River Mersey to take a look at Liverpool.
4-1. After so many years of losing at Anfield, that’s the memory we now hold from last season. It was such an impressive performance from the blues that 4-1 flattered the home side, and City need to build on that when they visit again.
The Mersey Reds dismally failed to hold on to the title they cruised to in 2020 and finished third in an injury hit season and much is going to rely on key players staying fit. After being almost injury free for two seasons, last season they realised exactly how difficult retaining a league title can be when you have injuries to contend with. Liverpool didn’t have many players that featured at the Euros, so the majority of their team should be well rested and ready for the new season.
There have been some mixed results between City and Liverpool over the years, but City are three games unbeaten against the reds and have lost just one league game form the last six played.
Ibrahima Konata has signed for the reds for £34m from RB Leipzig to shore up the Liverpool defence. He is their only signing of the summer and so far, Liverpool look not to have learned their lesson from last season and ensuring other positions are covered.
Renato Sanchez has been linked with a move from French champions Lille, as has Wolves star Adama Traore. They have also been linked with Saul Niguez and Italy star Federico Chiesa, however nothing has materialised.
There have been suggestions that Liverpool will need to sell before strengthening and some surprising first team members have been linked with a move away. Xherdan Shaqiri, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson may well be looking at new clubs, while Mo Salah was rumoured to be unhappy on Merseyside.
George Wijnaldum has already left for PSG on a free transfer and it is possible more will follow before the transfer window shuts.
Salah and Sadio Mane will once again lead the attack, and Diogo Jota is more than capable or replacing either of them. Henderson, if he stays, Thiago Alacantra and Fabinho will be key in midfield while Virgil van Dijk will return to the Liverpool back line after missing most of last season through injury. Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Armstrong will be vital to the Liverpool defence.
When Do City Face Liverpool?
City will look to secure a second successive win at Anfield when they travel to Merseyside on 3rd October, before the reds play the return game in Manchester on 9th April.
Prediction on Liverpool
Unless they strengthen, Liverpool will rely on the fitness of their key players. Should they stay fit for the season, then the reds will be a threat to City’s crown. That’s easier said than done but they will be expected to be up there.
Bit it will be an incredible feat if they are injury free all season, and unless they strengthen, they will most likely finish third or fourth at best.