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“They’ve looked vulnerable” – Liverpool’s 4 key decisions to cause Man City “problems”

Man City have scarcely looked “vulnerable” under Pep Guardiola, but some are smelling blood as Liverpool look to leapfrog them in the table and end an eight-year wait for an Etihad win.

It has been more than 2,925 days since Jurgen Klopp returned from the Etihad in the Premier League with a victory, and there is no better time to bring that to an end than on Saturday.

The short turnaround between the international break and the 12.30pm kick-off leaves little preparation time, which places pressure on Klopp’s team selection.

Who starts at left-back? Ibrahima Konate or Joel Matip? Who takes the left-sided midfield role? And what about the front three?

Four big decisions to make across three different departments, and two Liverpool legends were just as split as fans when weighing up who should make the XI at the Etihad.

Speaking exclusively to This Is Anfield, Phil Thompson and Jan Molby were divided when the abovementioned questions were posed to them.

“I’d still go Tsimikas, I get that he’s not been good enough but I think having that left foot gets you out of danger a lot,” Thompson argued.

Presenting the other side of the argument, Molby said: “If Joe [Gomez] is available, I would probably go with Joe. I think it would just make sense, you don’t need to go to the Etihad and ask your full-backs to be attacking.”

The pair were also divided by the midfield conundrum, with Thompson preferring Ryan Gravenberch alongside Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, while Molby wants to see Curtis Jones.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 26, 2023: Liverpool's Curtis Jones during the UEFA Europa League Group E matchday 3 game between Liverpool FC and Toulouse FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There is an acknowledgement from the duo that it will be another “difficult” contest, but there is a sense that City have looked “vulnerable” at times – giving Liverpool a “great opportunity.”

They will need to take their chances when they come and with Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo all to pick from, the Reds are not short on weapons.

But this is where both Molby and Thompson aligned, both selecting Luis Diaz alongside Salah and Nunez as “at some stage, you need to settle on a front three for the biggest games.”

So, who do you find yourself agreeing with more?


Phil and Jan were speaking to This Is Anfield at the launch of the new ‘Ultimate LFC Experience’ which allows supporters the opportunity to play at Melwood, meet Liverpool Legends and tour both Anfield and Melwood in a unique nine-hour experience. We’ll have more on the day soon. You can book yours here.