Martin Keown predicts Liverpool FC will be Man City’s biggest test
The Arsenal legend is tipping Liverpool FC to cause Manchester City plenty of problems at Anfield this weekend
Martin Keown has claimed that Manchester City will face their biggest game of the season when Liverpool FC host the Premier League leaders at Anfield on Sunday.
The Citizens are unbeaten in 22 games in the Premier League this term following a return of 20 victories and two stalemates to build a 15-point lead at the top of the table.
Liverpool FC are 18 points behind the runaway leaders but are in a good position to secure successive top-four finishes in the Premier League.
The Reds lost 5-0 to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium back in September, although Sadio Mane’s sending off contributed to the Citizens’ landslide win.
The Merseyside outfit have scored 50 times in 22 games in the Premier League this season, a tally surpassed only by the Premier League leaders.
Former Arsenal defender Keown believes Manchester City will face their biggest stumbling block in their potential unbeaten season at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.
“Manchester City will be harbouring some hope of going the whole season unbeaten now,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“I don’t care what they say – they are very proud men. But Liverpool will be heartened by what they saw Bristol City do in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
“They played long balls behind the full-backs, they identified a weakness and didn’t quite have the quality to finish off some of that approach play.
“Jurgen Klopp will have a plan to execute too and will know there are weaknesses.
“The game against Bristol City was probably the right game for City to have an off-night.
“If they have an off-day against Liverpool, then their unbeaten run could be over. Liverpool can score two or three goals in a very short space of time, even despite the sale of Philippe Coutinho.
“City have set all sorts of records but this will be one they are getting ready for.
“It will be their biggest test and in a way it is handy for them that the most expensive player sold from Britain has left a week before the clash. They may feel everything is falling into place.”
Liverpool FC managed to see off competition from Manchester City in the race to sign Virgil van Dijk in a £75m deal from Southampton in the January transfer window.
The Reds snapped up four players in the summer transfer window as Klopp managed to improve his squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.