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5 reasons why Liverpool will end Manchester City’s unbeaten Premier League run

Sujith Mohan
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37.59K   //    11 Jan 2018, 10:52 IST

Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League
Clash of the titans

Anfield will host the Skyblues on Sunday in one of the most anticipated clashes of 2018. Two of the best attacking teams in the Premier League go head to head and Liverpool will be looking to avenge their 5-0 loss at the Etihad in the reverse fixture, back in September. 

Liverpool go into the fixture with 9 points from their last 3 games while Manchester City have 7 from their last 3. City will be without the Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus while Mohamed Salah is expected to return for Liverpool.

A win for Liverpool will consolidate their fourth-placed position in the table, and they can even go to second place if other results go in their favour. 

On the other hand, Manchester City will look to keep up the momentum and hold on to their 15 point lead at the top. On that note, let’s take a look at 5 reasons why Liverpool will beat Manchester City and end their streak this Sunday:

#5 City’s struggle in defending set pieces and crosses 

Crystal Palace v Manchester City - Premier League
Otamendi will have a tough time against Mo Salah & Co.

Manchester City have the best defensive record in the Premier League this season. They may not have the best defence in the league but their utter dominance in attack is restricting opponent teams from having a 'go' at their defence. Defending is not their strength and of late, teams have found a distinct weakness in their armour. 

Defending set pieces and crosses from wide areas have troubled the Citizens in recent weeks. Otamendi conceded an own goal against Huddersfield from a cross. West Ham too exposed their weakness when Ogbonna scored from a Creswell cross. 

Also, Southampton came close to scoring on a couple of occasions against City from corners. Based on what we witnessed against Everton last week, Virgil van Dijk is a big threat in set pieces and Klopp will look to capitalize on that. 

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