Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Guardiola: Aguero can end Man City's Anfield woes

Guardiola: Aguero can end Man City's Anfield woes

However, he would go to win the Premier League and Champions League with the Blues while his former club went on a decade long run of winning no silverware.

Numerous worst efforts - Watford, when losing 6-0, Stoke, when going down 7-2, and Manchester United when flattered by a 2-1 scoreline after fielding four attack-minded players but with two of them appearing auxiliary full-backs as they struggled to get attacking possession - involved using the division's default formation in recent years, a 4-2-3-1.

It's only a year since Liverpool looked likelier title-winners than City, after all, and only a year since Jurgen Klopp was celebrating another win over Guardiola.

Their first meeting: Nicolas Otamendi, of all people, scored the match-winner in the 54th minute, after Marcus Rashford's goal in first-half stoppage time had sent the clubs into the locker room at 1-all. Start your seven-day free trial now on Amazon Channels. "You have to move on though and Liverpool will always be Liverpool".

"The players have two choices: Follow what you (the media) say, or follow me".

Experienced at playing in the Premier League and not afraid of getting physical, Evans has been in fine form and will definitely add some much-needed steel to the Arsenal team.

Asked what made his new side an attractive destination for a player who was also the subject of interest from Chelsea, the former Celtic man replied: "I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is awesome". It's probably the best save I've ever seen in my professional career.

He made 234 appearances for the Reds and was part of the team that famously won the Champions League in 2004, although he will probably be most widely remembered by Liverpool fans for nearly breaking the net with this thunderbastard of a free-kick against the Anfield club's arch rivals Man United.

With Liverpool perhaps standing as the most similar team to Guardiola's oppressive City in terms of style and approach, Sunday's clash will fall into the favour of whichever side can consolidate their methods quickest. Liverpool are capable of taking that one step further because while they have shown in the past that they are susceptible to letting in cheap goals at the back, Klopp will not take a backwards step and it may force Guardiola into a re-think about his tactics. It's only in recent years, since the Abu Dhabi money came in, that City have improved.

With a match of this magnitude, any free betting offers could be placed on a number of markets with both teams having quality in abundance and this is a fixture which should guarantee plenty of goals. All three sides pressed and took the game to City. I know Philippe Coutinho is not there anymore but they've still got the firepower to beat them, with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

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