Not our typical Thursday night football as two teams of a significantly higher standard than Europa League take the stage. We preview this exciting contest between Man City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.
Who is playing?
Manchester City vs Liverpool
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchweek 32
What time is Man City vs Liverpool?
20:15 BST, Thursday 2nd July 2020.
Where do Man City play?
Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
Where can I watch Man City vs Liverpool?
Sky Sports PL/ Sky Sports Main Event
Thoughts on Man City vs Liverpool
In peculiar circumstances, arguably the best fixture in world football has just gotten even tastier.
City have pipped the Scousers to the title on multiple occasions, the Steven Gerrard slip, the 98 points last year, and yet here we are, in the ‘new-normal’, with Liverpool finally the Premier League Champions, travelling down to the Etihad to receive a guard of honour from arguably one of the best teams in Premier League history assembled by arguably the best manager of the last two decades.
And yet despite all of that the Spaniard has seen his German competitor moonwalk past his oil-rich club and it prompts us perfectly for Thursday, where City will battle to save face and go out fighting, and Liverpool will be right up for rubbing it in their faces, a match that picks up another element: unfortunately for us, taking place behind closed doors.
It all culminates in a game that on Thursday night, could go straight into the history books. There’s been some stunners previously in this contest in recent years: the 5-0 thrashing with the red card challenge on Ederson, the 4-3 ending City’s unbeaten run, the 3-0 bamboozling at Anfield in the Champions League quarter-finals; all exhilarating 90 minutes of football, but none have the same flavour and edge as this one.
It wouldn’t be silly to say that the rivalry between these two juggernauts, one that’s been ferociously brewing for some time now, is a modern era rivalry that could easily usurp many. It’s a rivalry borne out of the Premier League era that, unlike most has nothing to do with locality, but is instead centred around unadulterated football: and is a perfect metaphor for the modern game.
Winning even when they’re not winning?
The sport in its entirety is one of romance and storytelling, and the showstopper this season will rightly spotlight Liverpool’s triumph, and will overshadow most, yet – Man City still have their chance for a treble this season.
The Citizens pre-Project Restart had beaten Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup final 2-1, and with the Champions League set for Lisbon, plus their victory on Tyneside on Sunday, Man City may not need to bury their head in the sand, as they could feasibly end this season: Carabao Cup, FA Cup, and Champions League winners…
But on Thursday, the treble is not what will be on Guardiola’s mind, instead he’ll be forcing his players to step-up, take ownership of their season, and prove they’re worthy competitors.
30 years of pain…
Let’s talk about what made the Champions champions, shall we? The Reds have been near enough faultless, losing just one and drawing two of their thirty-one games played, meaning the reds have won a staggering 90% of their matches, a whole 25% better than the second best in the league: Man City.
This season Liverpool have scored 2.26 goals a game and have conceded just 0.68 a game, in fact the Reds have failed to score in 6% of their league games this season, and have kept a clean sheet in 45% of those games – emphasising exactly why this Liverpool side have broken the record for most games spare when crowned Champions.
But maybe the best statistic of this historic victory, is that 22% of all their Premier League goals have come between 31′-45′ and 76′-90′ minutes respectively, showing perfectly the relentless intensity of Klopp’s side and just how suffocating and imperious his team are to play.
Man City recent matches:
- Newcastle (a) 0-2 win
- Chelsea (a) 2-1 defeat
- Burnley (h) 5-0 win
- Arsenal (h) 3-0 win
- Manchester United (a) 2-0 defeat
Liverpool recent matches:
- Crystal Palace (h) 4-0 win
- Everton (a) 0-0 draw
- Atletico Madrid (h) 2-3 defeat
- Bournemouth (h) 2-1 win
- Chelsea (a) 2-0 defeat
Man City top contributors:
- Kevin De Bruyne (Midfielder): 26 Premier League goal involvements: 10 goals + 16 assists – 3 goals since the restart.
- Sergio Aguero (Forward): 19 Premier League goal involvements: 16 goals + 3 assists – presumed he’ll miss the rest of the season following his injury against Burnley.
Liverpool top contributors:
- Mo Salah (Forward): 24 Premier League goal involvement: 17 goals + 7 assists – a goal and assist in his last outing.
- Sadio Mane (Forward) – 22 Premier League goal involvements: 15 goals + 7 assists – bagged in his previous appearance.
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