Friday, November 20, 2009

Liverpool At Its Best - Backs Against Wall, Watch Out Manchester City

Great news, all Liverpool fans! Injury treatment in Serbia has reaped handsome rewards and the injured are now fighting fit!

Albert Riera, Yossi Benayoun, Fabio Aurelio, Steven Gerrard, David Ngog and Glen Johnson are all declared fit and ready to take on draw specialists, Manchester City. Liverpool is most dangerous when they are wounded - hurt by public criticisms and poor performances. One win in nine matches, out of which six were defeats have hurt the Red's title ambitions. Premier League leaders, Chelsea are now 11 points ahead of Liverpool, which can be overhauled considering that Chelsea will lose players due to January's African Nations Cup.

Manchester City are not to be underestimated but they have yet to show consistency this season. Nothing new about this, considering that this City team is virtually a new one bought with ₤118million. City's lack of fluidity and defensive frailties are the main reasons that they are not higher up the table, since they have only lost once this season. Hmmm...isn't that a carbon copy of Liverpool last season??

This is a match where everyone seemed to be writing off Liverpool. At Anfield, Liverpool has scored 15 goals and only let in six thus far. However, apart from Torres (who is about 2-3 weeks away from full fitness), one wonders where the goals could come from. David Ngog, in recent weeks, have stepped up with great performances and Rafa may turn to him again.

Head To Head At Anfield

Date Competition Home team Score/Time Away team
22-02-2009 Premier League Liverpool 1 - 1 Manchester City
04-05-2008 Premier League Liverpool 1 - 0 Manchester City
25-11-2006 Premier League Liverpool 1 - 0 Manchester City
26-02-2006 Premier League Liverpool 1 - 0 Manchester City
21-08-2004 Premier League Liverpool 2 - 1 Manchester City

Liverpool have an unbeaten home record against Manchester City though the matches have been tight affairs. The Kop will be a factor in this match for sure. Furthermore, Liverpool under Benitez, are at their best when treated as underdogs. If the Reds can keep Adebayor quiet (he has a tendency to raise his game for the big one) then Liverpool will win this contest.

This is THE match of the weekend. There will be goals in this one for sure, though personally I am more excited by the prospect of seeing Aquilani actually making his Premiership home debut at some point in the match on Saturday.



2 comments:

hemanth said...

Watch Liverpool vs Manchester City Live Score, Football Highlights Premier League Results Nov 21 2009. Manchester United will like to come to Old Trafford putting their loss behind against Chelsea in their previous match.

http://www.clbuzz.com/liverpool-vs-manchester-city-highlights-november-21-2009-epl-live-score-results/

hemanth said...

Watch Liverpool vs Manchester City Live Score, Football Highlights Premier League Results Nov 21 2009. Manchester United will like to come to Old Trafford putting their loss behind against Chelsea in their previous match.

http://www.clbuzz.com/liverpool-vs-manchester-city-highlights-november-21-2009-epl-live-score-results/

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