The Big Match Tactical View: Liverpool v Manchester City

Levein's side are eight points clear of Rangers who they face at Ibrox on Sunday

City fans may ask why Mahrez, who has now missed five of his last eight top-flight penalties, took the spot kick but while the visitors had the best chances a draw was not an unfitting result for a much-anticipated game that failed to truly sparkle. The Guinean midfielder stayed overnight in a Naples hospital after suffering a back spasm. He is also eligible for Scotland but was told he would struggle to get a game.

The general pattern from the recent fixtures between these sides (and from matches in general when Klopp faces a possession-based team) is that Liverpool start well because of their energetic pressing, but City play their way into the contest gradually.

'The challenge for me and the team now is: can we make these home performances away from home?

The meetings between these two sides last season produced some of the most memorable and entertaining games of the entire campaign.

"And Liverpool have to maybe as well beat them for the rest of the league to give belief out there that they can be beaten".

"Physically we're competing with them and if they want to have a war with us we're having a war and the lads are also showing incredible quality on the ball".

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Crosby, who entered Sunday 10-of-11 on FG attempts, also missed his first PAT, putting him in even more dubiously rarified air. None of that was enough to worry his most important teammate. "Mike and I talk all the time ", Rodgers said.

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"Well, the last 12 months have shown us that not many teams are going to do it". At home, the performances are fantastic and the supporters really help the players.

"If you go back to when I started playing and you had Dundee United under Jim McLean and Aberdeen under Sir Alex (Ferguson), I think one season Dundee United went with 14 players throughout the whole season and were involved in cup ties, league games, European games".

"Now we will have three days together until we play City and make the boys aware of what was wrong". I am completely relaxed.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists the way to keep Liverpool's all-star front three quiet will be by attacking at Anfield.

"Today doesn't heal Livingston, but it was certainly a statement and has blown the title race wide open and made it a little bit better looking for us".

After none of these games you go into the dressing room and think, "Now we know how to beat Manchester City", because there is no real way, no one thing that you have to do. We don't know in this moment as well if he can train tomorrow, we have to see. "But that's no problem; if you work hard, you earn it".

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