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Firmino vs Kompany: Three key battles for Liverpool vs Manchester City

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool

Liverpool face Manchester City on Sunday in a top of the table clash. The Reds have had a tough schedule for the past month or so with trips to Napoli, Tottenham and Chelsea. Liverpool have come out relatively unscathed with just the loss against the Italians.

That game saw us struggling to assert ourselves in the tie and Napoli should have won by more than the one-goal margin.

Liverpool seemed likely to pick up a hard-fought point but Lorenzo Insigne consigned us to our second defeat of the season.

City are tied at the top of the table with the Reds and are only ahead because of goal difference. Pep Guardiola’s men should be wary of our threat based on our performances from last season.

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We beat the Cityzens thrice with some electric performances and we need to tap into that o dent their hopes of keeping their Premier League crown.

Liverpool and City will feature a number of stars all across the park. City have a fantastic attack but so do we.

The Cityzens have a midfield that can be devastating on their day and we have to be wary of not losing this clash.

The game will be an incredible clash and here are three battles that could be key to getting the points.

Trent Alexander-Arnold vs Leroy Sane

The English defender was taken apart by Napoli in the last game and should be wary of Leroy Sane.

The German attacker will certainly be looking to exploit not only Alexander-Arnold but Joe Gomez too, with his pace and trickery.

Our English pair has to be careful while dealing with the 22-year-old. Sane has the ability to be a game changer for the Cityzens and we have to ensure he doesn’t start brightly at Anfield on Sunday.

Roberto Firmino vs Vincent Kompany

Our Brazilian last scored in the 3-2 win over PSG but will be crucial against City.

Firmino must relentlessly try to create space for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany will be tasked with keeping the defence in shape.

The Belgian defender will have his work cut out as we have a couple of other attacking threats as well. However, it will be an intriguing battle between the Brazilian and Kompany.

The Manchester City defender is not as quick as he was a few years ago and Firmino’s pace could be important for us to score past the Cityzens.

Virgil van Dijk vs Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero is the leading scorer for the away side and has a penchant for scoring goals against us, with six to his name in the Premier League.

The Argentine is one of the best strikers in the world and in a team filled with attacking threats, Liverpool have to be careful when dealing with the forward.

Virgil van Dijk has turned things around for the Reds at the back and the Dutch defender should be at his smartest to keep Aguero out.

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The centre-back isn’t the fastest in the world but he is one of the smartest players we have. Expect a real tussle as Van Dijk tries to stop the striker from being a nuisance at Anfield.

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“It’s gone great”, “Another one” – Some Liverpool fans curse luck with star player picking up injury

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Sadio Mane

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has sustained a broken thumb, according to reports (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The star was with the national side when the injury occurred during training, and the Liverpool Echo claims Mane would be assessed by the club once he returns to Melwood.

This is another injury that Jurgen Klopp has to deal with from the international break. Virgil van Dijk is still suffering from a rib problem while Mohamed Salah picked up a minor problem for Egypt.

The duo are expected to continue their treatment at Anfield, as per the report.

The 26-year-old Mane has four goals to his name this season, and it will be interesting to see if he plays against Huddersfield at the weekend. Liverpool are tied at the top of the table with Chelsea and Manchester City on 20 points.

Some Liverpool fans were cursing the international break for the number of injuries we picked up while a few believed this was good as Mane needed a rest.

Read more: Former Man United star weighs in on Mohamed Salah’s struggles this season

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Liverpool interested in signing 27-year-old superstar from Napoli

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Lorenzo Insigne

Liverpool are interested in signing Napoli superstar Lorenzo Insigne, according to Rai Sport (h/t Metro).

The Italian scored a late winner for the Serie A club in our Champions League loss a couple of weeks ago. The report adds that Chelsea are keeping an eye on the 27-year-old too and would rival the Reds for any bid on the Italian.

The attacker is known to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri during their time at Napoli. The report adds that any team looking to sign Insigne up would have to stump a huge fee since the player has four years left on his current deal.

The attacker has seven goals and an assist in all competitions for the Serie A side, so far, and helped them to second place in the league last season.

The report adds that Klopp wants more firepower for the Reds and Insigne could be the perfect fit at Anfield.

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Liverpool have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as quality wingers and added Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer. However, signing Insigne could make our attack one of the best in the world.

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The report adds it would be difficult for Insigne to switch clubs in the winter window and we would have to wait till the summer before we make a bid for the 27-year-old.

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“Fast becoming a legend” – Some fans laud Liverpool youngster’s performance in 3-2 win over Spain

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Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez put up another incredible perforce during the international break. The Liverpool youngster is a starter alongside Virgil van Dijk for the club and did a brilliant job in England’s 3-2 win over Spain.

The 21-year-old has started nine games for us in all competitions and Liverpool have only conceded three goals from eight Premier League games.

Gomez could grow even better with more games this season but the youngster was celebrating the England performance and put up an image of the team.

The Englishman should be in-line to start our game against Huddersfield at the weekend, and a number of fans showered praise on the 21-year-old for his 90 minutes against the Spanish.

Read more: “Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far

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