A lot has been made of Manchester City and how well they’ve done this season and quite rightly so, they’re unbeaten so far in the Premier League.
In the past Pep Guardiola has done really well at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but one of the few times he’s been beaten when he’s really built a side is through counter-attacking football.
And, for me, Liverpool have the best counter-attacking football in the Premier League. The pace and numbers that the Reds break forward with really threaten the opposition defence quickly and that will be our main strength and best opportunity to beat Man City.
We’re all expecting it to be an open game as it was for half an hour of the match earlier on in the season.
I don’t think it’ll be decided by a set piece with Virgil Van Dijk scoring (although he adds that threat for us now as he showed brilliantly v Everton), it’ll be open and we can use our counter-attacking football to try and hurt this City defence and ask them the questions they haven’t been asked for a lot of the season.
Jurgen Klopp mentioned in his press conference that it was 1-0 earlier in the season at the Etihad when Sadio Mane was sent off, and of course it changed the game.
But, on the other hand, City’s attack showed that day that if you’re not at it, they’ll hurt you.
That will be the case again on Sunday and we have to be mindful defensively. Van Dijk will no doubt add defensive stability against an attack that will certainly test us at the weekend.