Steve McManaman: What impresses me about Liverpool FC

The Liverpool FC legend believes the Reds ability to win the ball back makes the Merseyside outfit a dangerous proposition

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool FC legend Steve McManaman Photo: BT Sport

Steve McManaman has lauded Liverpool FC’s ability to win the ball back ahead of the visit of Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday evening.

The Reds have made a positive start to the Premier League season following six victories and one stalemate in the current campaign to challenge Manchester City and Chelsea FC.

Liverpool FC rescued a 1-1 draw with title rivals Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge last weekend after Daniel Sturridge cancelled out Eden Hazard’s opener with a stunning goal.

The Merseyside outfit made 154 sprints in their stalemate with the west London side to highlight Liverpool FC’s work rate to put opponents under pressure and to win back the ball.

Liverpool FC lost 1-0 to Serie A side Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday night as Jurgen Klopp’s side struggled to produce their trademark pressing football.

The German head coach will be hoping his players can recover quickly ahead of their crunch game against the defending Premier League champions at Anfield on Sunday evening.

Former Liverpool FC and Manchester City midfielder McManaman explained what impresses him most about the Merseyside club.

“What impresses me most is everybody, when they lose the ball, dies for the cause to get the ball back,” McManaman told BT Sport.

“They have a hunger to win it back – and win it back as soon as they can up the field. When they lose the ball, so many red shirts get behind the ball to help out.”

Liverpool FC can approach their top of the table clash against Manchester City without fear given their recent record against Pep Guardiola’s side.

The Reds were 4-3 winners against the Citizens in their last Premier League meeting at Anfield after Klopp’s side ended Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

The Merseyside outfit ensured this wasn’t a one off with an emphatic 3-0 win against the Eastlands outfit in the opening leg of their Champions League semi-final back in April.

Liverpool FC heaped further misery on the champions elect with a 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium to secure a 5-1 aggregate win and a place in the semi-final draw.

Manchester City haven’t won at Anfield since former Liverpool FC striker Nicolas Anelka scored a late winner against Gerard Houllier’s men in 2002.

The Reds have beaten West Ham United, Crystal Palace, Brighton, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton in the Premier League so far this season.

Indeed, Liverpool FC’s stalemate with Chelsea FC is the only blotch on their record.

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