CHRIS SUTTON’S BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool have a better forward than Manchester City in Mo Salah… but the Reds would struggle without the Egyptian while Pep Guardiola’s side are well equipped to retain the title
- Liverpool have the best forward out of them and Manchester City in Mo Salah
- If they were to lose Salah for a month or two however they would suffer
- Man City meanwhile are stacked in forward and attacking midfield positions
- Pep Guardiola has an exceptional depth of talent at his disposal this season
- Liverpool have scored more goals so far, but against City that won’t last long
If Liverpool were to lose Mohamed Salah for a month or two, they would suffer.
If Manchester City lose Jack Grealish, they’ve got Phil Foden. If they lose Raheem Sterling, they’ve got Riyad Mahrez.
If they lose Kevin De Bruyne, they’ve got Bernardo Silva, not to mention Gabriel Jesus popping up wherever Pep Guardiola tells him to go. Oh, and Ferran Torres.
Liverpool have a better attacker than Manchester City possess at their disposal in Mo Salah
City didn’t sign a striker in the summer and yet they’re so well equipped to become the champions again, it’s frightening. I was asked to analyse the Liverpool and City attacks and decide which one is best.
If I had to name the best attacker from either side, that’s Salah.
In him, Liverpool have the finest individual forward. But City have the best attack overall.
It seems strange voting for the side without a designated centre forward but Guardiola has such a special group.
He’s got an exceptional depth of talent which should enable him to fight on all fronts.
Already we’ve seen how he can turn to different attackers for different games. Foden and Jesus started against Chelsea, Sterling and Mahrez started against PSG.
Manchester City possess more depth than the Reds who don’t have as much room to rotate
Liverpool would suffer if they had to go a month or two without their star man Salah
Such rotation is great for City. Liverpool don’t have that luxury. They’ve got a set front three in Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane, then Roberto Firmino as a spare. Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi are handy players but they’re not at the same level.
Grealish started both City’s games against Chelsea and PSG and he has slotted into Guardiola’s system with ease.
It isn’t just about what City do with the ball, it’s what they do without it. The press is phenomenal. Chelsea found that last week as they were suffocated, and Liverpool’s back line will realise that when they try to play out from the back. When City want to win the ball, it’s as chaotic as putting Mentos in a bottle of Coke.
Then once they’ve got it, it’s champagne football all over again. That transition happens so seamlessly. You do wonder how they practise it under Pep. The piggy-in-the-middle drills at City’s training ground must be a sight to behold!
On Sunday, two of football’s best attacks go head to head. City trail Liverpool for goals scored this season — 12 to 15. But I suspect come the end of 2021-22, it will be City who are the Premier League’s top scorers, just as they have been for the last four seasons.
City are freely able to rotate and keep their players fresh during a packed season
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