5 Key Players for Each Squad in Manchester City vs. Liverpool
5 Players to Drive Their Respective Sides to Victory
The Premier League is finally bringing us yet another gem of a match when Manchester City will host Liverpool tomorrow in a battle for first place. The visitors have 36 points while the hosts are just one behind them. Therefore, if they win they jump ahead by two, but if they lose they drop back by four.
Both have everything to play for.
Let's take a quick look at the visitors who truly do have a deep roster where the youth can be trusted on any given day in this league. Of course they do have to depend on their veterans to lead them as they have the most experience, but these guys have some of the best teachers to learn from. If they can manage to work together and play their possession game, they can grab all three points on the road.
At the other end we have the hosts who scored six, three and four goals respectively in their last three games in all competitions. Knowing how vulnerable Liverpool's defense can become under pressure, scoring at least twice should not be an issue but scoring more will be challenging. They have the talent, strength, mindset and home advantage to utilize their usual game plan which is to take away all breathing room for their opponents.
This is going to be the best match of the day as two of the top three teams will clash to lead the league. Liverpool did defeat Manchester United by a score of 1-0 at home earlier in the season while City crushed Arsenal 6-3 at home just a couple of weeks ago. Therefore, both of these sides have proven that they have what it takes to beat some of the best. Now, they have the chance to prove their case even further against each other.
5. Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)
This man is the rock of the Liverpool defense as he has not allowed opponents to beat him in the air or on the ground. He can tackle, head and even dribble the ball away smartly instead of clearing the danger in a quick panic.
If opponents are not careful he can even score off of set pieces as he has proven for his nation and previous teams.
5. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
The Belgian international is the captain and most solid defender available for his club. When he is on his game, he does not let anyone get by him or win the ball over him inside or near his own area.
4. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
This young man has emerged into one of the best holding midfielders that this league has to offer. What makes him even more dangerous is the fact that he has the mindset, ability and skill to push forward to set up scoring chances for himself as well as others. He can be just as dangerous as some of the big names on the opposing team.
4. Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
He could be considered the captain of the midfield as well as the entire team since his leadership has been key to their recent success. As one of the starting central midfielders, his job is to hold the ball, prevent opposing runs which could lead to potential breakaways and to even push up to try and score or set up teammates.
3. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
This young man is absolutely insane when it comes to pushing up the field to set up attacks. He plays in front of the midfielders who protect the back line and for good reason as he knows exactly what to do and how to do it at the right time.
He wears the No. 10 for that very reason.
3. David Silva (Manchester City)
One of the most patient players in his position, the attacking midfielder/winger loves to hold the ball up, complete a couple of quick give-and-go passes to unlock the defense and send the final through pass or cross to teammates to put the ball home. He can even score when need be, but he definitely is more of a passer.
2. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
This man is still only 18, but his maturity level is ridiculous as he does not mind running for days, giving the ball up and unselfishly setting up teammates as opposed to taking care of the ball himself.
If he can implement his usual game plan to give opponents a headache he will do something huge for the scoreline in his team's favor.
2. Jesus Navas (Manchester City)
This man recently joined the club this past summer and has already cemented his spot down the right flank. His speed, vision, confidence and overall soccer knowledge make him a threat to defenders and a perfect asset for teammates who can't always keep running and creating.
1. Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Not only is he the leading scorer for his club, but he is also the leading scorer in the entire league as he has single-handedly led this club to where it is right now. He scores almost every game and reads the plays that his teammates like to create.
Another scary aspect of his game is that he enjoys setting up teammates as well. He has put a lot of smiles on teammates' faces as he has sent some of the sickest passes their way to give them the easiest of finishes. If he can add this part of his game tomorrow his team will be a bit too hard to defeat.
1. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
This man is the leading scorer for his club and is right behind Suarez for the league race. His vision, speed, skills and strength are all what allow him to be the commanding and effective player that he is. If he gets hot tomorrow and finds a way to intimidate and beat defenders on multiple occasions, he will be the driving force that can lead this team to a big win.
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