Liverpool vs Man City Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 03/10/2021
Sunday afternoon’s contest at Anfield pits the early season leaders against the defending champions, though only a point separates the two clubs in first and second place after just six games of the 2021/22 campaign. Jurgen Klopp’s prolific Liverpool remain undefeated and are scoring goals for fun, though questions have been raised over their defensive nous after a wild 3-3 draw at Brentford last weekend, which was followed by a thumping 5-1 win over FC Porto in the Champions League.
City, meanwhile, will be hoping to bounce back quickly after their Lionel Messi-inspired 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek. Domestically, Pep Guardiola’s men quickly brushed aside the disappointment of being held to a very rare goalless home draw by Southampton, inflicting a first defeat of the season on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge courtesy of Gabriel Jesus’ second-half finish.
Manchester United bin leave am late to beat Villarreal on Wednesday, but di most important thing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer na say dem win dat game. When United bin concede dat goal for di second half, I just dey imagine wetin some of im critics go tok ‘well, dis go be three defeats in a row now’ and all that kind tok. Instead, di focus shift to Cristiano Ronaldo winner. Dat na five goals in five games for am for United now, for Premier League and Champions League and, whatever be United problem, him no be one of dem.
Man City ran riot in a 4-1 triumph on Merseyside back in February, a statement moment as they went on to ease to Premier League title glory. Liverpool have scored three or more goals in six straight games for only the third time in club history, though Klopp has faced questions over their defending despite the return of Virgil van Dijk this term.
City, meanwhile, have conceded just once in their opening six Premier League games and that was back on opening day. You get the feeling that it could be any score when these two attacking powerhouses go head to head, but we’ll plump for an entertaining draw that, as ever, won’t be short on drama and talking points.
The famed old guard in Mohamed Salah (2), Roberto Firmino (2) and Sadio Mane propelled their side to a dominant European success after their previous thrilling victory over AC Milan, but the Reds were frustrated by an inspired Brentford outfit in their most recent Premier League encounter.
Seeking to make the Brentford Community Stadium a fortress, Thomas Frank’s side twice came back from a goal down to rescue a point against Klopp’s side in front of their own fans, with Yoane Wissa netting the all-important sixth goal of the game in the 82nd minute of that 3-3 draw.
However, that point was enough to see Liverpool rise to the top of the rankings after their upcoming opponents did them a favour against Chelsea and Manchester United lost to Aston Villa, while their tally of 15 goals scored is also the highest in the division.
Klopp’s side are also unbeaten in 10 competitive fixtures at Anfield and have scored at least three goals in each of their last six games since last month’s 3-0 win over Leeds United, but Pep Guardiola’s defence is already proving near-impenetrable in the league this term.
Seeking to navigate their first true test of the season with flying colours, Man City travelled to Stamford Bridge on the back of a disappointing goalless stalemate with Southampton, but Guardiola’s men produced the goods when it mattered most.
Having kept the Chelsea attack at bay, Joao Cancelo’s attempt found its way into the path of Gabriel Jesus with 53 minutes gone, and the Brazilian’s effort went through a sea of bodies before trickling into the back of the net for a potentially pivotal 1-0 win.
However, Guardiola’s midweek reunion with Lionel Messi was not as much of a joyous affair, as the Argentine struck his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain in some style after Idrissa Gueye’s thunderous finish in a 2-0 Champions League win – already City’s second away defeat of the season.
In spite of their European disappointment, City can certainly take solace in the fact that they have now gone five Premier League games without conceding since their opening-day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, with only one goal shipped representing the best record in the division so far.
There have been many tasty ties at Anfield down the years between these two clubs – with City marching to a 4-1 success in the 2020-21 season – and Liverpool can only boast one win from their last seven against Guardiola’s side in all competitions, although that did come on Merseyside 3-1 in their triumphant 2019-20 season.