Liverpool v Man City: Match in pictures
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Liverpool have been in sensational form during the early stages of the Premier League season and are the only side to remain unbeaten in their opening seven games. Jurgen Klopp’s men battled to a 2-2 draw against Manchester City on Sunday after an enthralling encounter at Anfield but have fallen behind Chelsea in the table.
Klopp will be pleased with his side’s start to the campaign but knows he needs to see improvements if Liverpool are to win the title.
When the Reds won the league in the 2019/20, they won their first eight games of the campaign. Klopp’s side have already dropped points on three occasions this season.
Express Sport takes a look at four problems Klopp can solve during the upcoming international break.
Finding a way to beat the big teams
Liverpool were held to a home draw by Chelsea in August, despite the Blues playing the entire second half with 10 men after Reece James had been dismissed before the break.
Chelsea illustrated their resilience to shut the game down after the interval and frustrate their opponents.
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Liverpool took the lead twice against Man City on Sunday but were pegged back both times as Pep Guardiola’s men left with a point.
Last season, Liverpool won six of their 10 league clashes against the other five so-called big six.
And in their title-winning campaign in 2019/20, Klopp’s men won seven times against the big clubs.
If Liverpool are to taste Premier League glory this season, they will need a find a way to turn those draws into victories.
Managing the hectic schedule
The season turns hectic after the international break as Liverpool face six games in 19 days in all competitions.
That run of games includes Premier League clashes with Watford, Manchester United and Brighton as well as two Champions League encounters with Atletico Madrid. They also face a trip to Preston in the Carabao Cup.
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Liverpool will need to rely on their whole squad to navigate that chaotic run if they are to come away with the results they are looking for.
The Reds don’t possess the same squad depth as the likes of City so will need to be lucky with injuries during those encounters.
Choosing their preferred front man
Klopp has started the season with Dioga Jota as his chosen player to spearhead a front three which includes Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The Portugal international has started all but one of Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League game this season.
He has found the back of the net three times, with Salah being the side’s main source of goals.
But Roberto Firmino has looked impressive when on the pitch and hit a brace in his team’s 5-1 thrashing of Porto last week after coming off the bench.
Klopp will have to decide which man he trusts to fire his side to glory after the international break.
Getting Trent Alexander-Arnold fit
Trent Alexander-Arnold played the full 90 minutes in Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Brentford last month but has been ruled out since with a groin injury.
The right-back is one of the Reds’ most creative players and his output will be needed if Liverpool are to assert their dominance on the Premier League.
James Milner has filled in on the right side of Liverpool’s defence but he struggled to deal with Phil Foden against City at the weekend and could be exposed if relied on too heavily.
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