Liverpool vs Manchester City: 4 men to look out for
#3 David Silva (Manchester City)
The Spanish maestro was burdened with extra responsibilities right at the start of the season when Manchester City’s midfield general Kevin De Bruyne was sidelined with an injury. And David Silva has truly risen to the occasion, with some great assistance from the other Silva – Bernardo. The Spaniard has already scored 2 goals in his 5 appearances, including a sublime freekick and has attempted 11 shots so far, 5 of which have been on target.
Even though he has not picked up an assist yet, Silva has been instrumental in orchestrating the city attack. He has averaged 76.6 passes per game so far, and has attempted 13 crosses. He has created 4 big chances and also has attempted 1 through ball. To stop Manchester City, Liverpool have to stop David Silva and it won’t be easy.
The Spaniard uses his fascinating close control and nifty skills to get out of tight spaces. He tends to drifts around, which makes it very difficult to mark him and he can affect the game from almost any part of the field. His long balls are also menacing and Silva already has 6 accurate long balls to his name so far.
Guardiola will be hoping that his silky Spaniard, who also has phenomenal steel in him, will be able to guide Manchester City to another victory.