Premier League champions Liverpool journey to Manchester City this weekend hoping to additional strengthen their lead on the prime of the desk.
The Reds are some extent forward of second place Leicester after seven video games, however they face a troublesome journey to the Etihad within the decide of the weekend’s top-flight motion.
After a combined bag of outcomes to kick off the marketing campaign, together with a exceptional 7-2 humbling by the hands of Aston Villa, the Reds have recovered effectively and are again on monitor – even with out lynchpin defender Virgil van Dijk.
Nevertheless, as Jurgen Klopp prepares his males for the go to to City, a stat has emerged which doesn’t make for nice studying for his all-conquering facet.
Extremely, Man City have received their final three Premier League residence video games in opposition to the Reds by a whopping combination rating of 11-1.
The Reds have been hammered 4-Zero by City shortly after they sealed the title final time period, and within the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons misplaced 5-Zero and 2-1 respectively.
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Nevertheless, Liverpool face a City facet who’re nowhere close to as free scoring than they’ve been in earlier seasons.
In truth, they’re presently worse at scoring targets than some other Manchester City facet within the ENTIRE Sheikh Mansour period.
Of their six Premier League video games this season, Pep Guardiola’s facet have scored simply 9 targets (1.5 per recreation) and have an anticipated targets (xG) determine of seven.9 (1.three per recreation).
That is City’s lowest xG-per-game fee within the Premier League since knowledge turned accessible (2013/14), whereas it’s additionally their smallest goals-per-game ratio within the league since 2007/08 (1.2) – once they have been owned by Thaksin Shinawatra and managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson!
Nonetheless, Gabriel Jesus has set his sights on defeating Liverpool after making a goalscoring return to motion for City within the Champions League in midweek.
The Brazil striker got here off the bench to show Tuesday’s Champions League conflict with Olympiacos on the Etihad Stadium decisively in City’s favour.
It was the 23-year-old’s first look since struggling a thigh harm within the opening recreation of the season and the primary time in three video games City have had a specialist centre-forward on the sector.
“It’s a vital recreation for us,” stated Jesus. “It’s a direct confrontation in opposition to the chief of the desk.
“We should be very targeted, particularly enjoying at residence. We have to play our method and attempt to win the sport. We have to win these three factors if we need to aspire to win the Premier League once more.”