One of those fixtures you mark on your calendar is finally arriving this weekend, with Liverpool taking on Manchester City at Anfield in the Premier League. A true six-pointer, this game could have big implications in the title race, but in truth with us still in November, a win for either side will by no means decide the title. City have managed to regain their usual form almost, after a difficult spell earlier in the season, but still aren’t playing the fluent, creative football they have been known for. Liverpool, on the other hand, have been consistently getting results while not playing their best football, but still not playing poorly by any means. Injuries on Man City’s side are likely to play a large role in the game, with Laporte and Ederson big misses, as I will touch on in this analysis.

This tactical analysis will look at how both teams may look to set up, and how both teams will look to maximise their own threat while nullifying the opposition.

Transitions are key to the game

Any game involving high-quality opposition against Liverpool comes down to how well transitions can be stopped. Liverpool are famous for being able to create chances quickly given space or time and Pep Guardiola is well aware of this.

I expect Manchester City to set up in a similar way to how they did in the 0-0 draw at Anfield last October, a game which Jürgen Klopp called “the biggest show of respect” he and his team have had.

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