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Liverpool vs Manchester City: Three key clashes that could decide the match

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09th November, 2019 10:00 IST

Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday with the chance to open up a nine-point lead over the defending champions in the Premier League title race and take a huge step towards a first league crown for 30 years.

Clashes between the two sides have become classics in recent seasons with Liverpool thrashing City in a Champions League quarter-final 5-1 on aggregate in 2017/18 before City gained revenge with a 2-1 victory that saw them retain the Premier League title last season.

Here, we take a look at three key battles that are likely to decide the latest meeting between the champions of Europe and champions of England:

Trent Alexander-Arnold v Raheem Sterling

Which of these England teammates gets the upper hand will have a huge bearing on the outcome.

Alexander-Arnold’s superb delivery and ball striking has made him one of Liverpool’s most deadly weapons, even from right-back.

However, the one weakness in his game can be the space he leaves to be exploited in behind and there are few players better equipped to take advantage of that than a former Liverpool favourite in Sterling.

Sterling has never scored at Anfield since making a £50 million move to Manchester in 2015, but is City’s top scorer in all competitions and has 18 goals...

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