Liverpool: Van Dijk not daunted by huge transfer fee
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 13, 2018,
Jan 13, 2018, 4:31
Rodgers' Swansea side were significant as the Premier League's most committed possession-based side, at a time when ball retention was coveted more than ever before. Stoke City has the league's worst road record at 1-7-3 to go along with a -17 goal differential on the road.
They are the two highest-scoring teams in the top-flight - plundering 114 goals between them - and it's all set to be one of the games of the season.
Man City's bid to win a quadruple of titles is still on track, with the team also through to the knockout stage of the Champions League. An attacking approach could favour City but if Liverpool find their mojo there could be an upset.
They then work out an average rating for those players based on their total scores for the season.
While Van Dijk will win the physical element of this one all day long, a single lapse in concentration would more than likely see Aguero dish instant punishment and put City out of reach. Chelsea's run was finished by a United again fired by Ferguson, but a Ferguson who was at that point criticised as finished himself, especially against an upstart like Jose Mourinho. They didn't just aim to frustrate.
The so named "Fab Four" forward line has disbanded, and now Liverpool must prove - against English football's most in-form team - that they truly are greater than the sum of their parts.
"If nothing happens in this moment, Mo is back, he is training completely normally", Klopp said in the press conference ahead of the clash with City.
Arsenal host City next month, but given their latest crisis, it is not easy to envisage them being the team to stop City.
Philippe Coutinho has been unveiled by Barcelona Credit AFP
After all, Klopp's Liverpool used to overwhelm City with their speed.
Barring an epic collapse, City will spend the rest of the season focused on the historic implications of their remarkable campaign.
No opposing manager has beaten Pep Guardiola more often than Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (4, level with Jose Mourinho). Along with right-back Lee Dixon and centre-backs Tony Adams and Steve Bould they would form a formidable defensive unit that was notoriously hard to breach.
When Mauricio Pochettino looked to get four men in the heart of the midfield by playing a diamond, it backfired by leaving Tottenham's right-back Kieran Trippier exposed against Leroy Sane in a system that lacked width in front of him.
Though Quinn's comments reference the resolute defence Wenger first established at the club upon his arrival in 1996, his "Invincible" side was much more than that. At Stamford Bridge we were able.
Andrew Robertson has filled in for Moreno at left back in that time with some excellent performances but Moreno's return will be a welcome one with Jürgen Klopp having heavily rotated his squad throughout recent months.
A former Red, he can also expect a red-hot reception.