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Thriller: Liverpool vs Man City Three key battles feauturing Mane, De Bruyne, Van Dijk, Sterling

Odiase Osayande



The champions of Europe will meet the champions of England on Sunday, where the Reds will be presented with the opportunity to extend their lead atop of the Premier League table to nine points.

For the neutral, this is just about the best fixture you could ask for.

The two most entertaining teams in England go head to head at Anfield this weekend, in what promises to be a thrilling clash.

Both sides overturned 1-0 deficits to eventually win 2-1 last weekend, meaning Liverpool remain six points clear at the top.

Sunday’s game will see various key battles takes place across the pitch, and the victor of each individual tussle could have a major bearing on the eventual outcome.

Dockaysworld selects three that stand out.


Sadio Mane vs Kyle Walker

Recall during the last season run, we discussed how Mane held the Key to the reds title bid.

The Senegalese International has reignited this act in 2019/20 Season and is now Liverpool main Man.

If Mane’s blistering speed gets the better of most defenders, though, he will meet his match at the Etihad in Kyle Walker, tasked with stopping him.

Walker will have to be at his best against Mane, however, with any lapse in concentration sure to be punished by Liverpool’s most influential attacker.

It will be an intriguing battle, and one that you would tip Mane to edge.

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Fabinho vs Bernardo Silva

As always in the big games, it will be won or lost in midfield.

Last season’s draw and win for Man City can be attributed mainly to Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho being amazing in there.

This time, Fernandinho will be a centre-back, and with David Silva ruled out through injury, Bernardo Could be the man pulling the strings for the away side.

This is where Fabinho would be a massive asset for Liverpool and must extinguish the threats of the little city magician.


Virgil Van Dijk Vs Aguero

Sergio Aguero is yet to score at Anfield since his arrival and on Sunday, He face a huge test once again.

City Spurs’ star striker has been a huge reason for their title challenge this season, and in a game of huge importance, they need him to deliver once again.

Virgil Van dijk form have been patchy in recent weeks and Aguero should fancy his chances this time around.

We except him to find the net on this occasion.

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Odiase Osayande is a senior sports reporter at Dockaysworld. He's turning football into words and telling the best stories about the beautiful game to fans stateside and worldwide.


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