Get ready for the ‘El Crossico’ this Sunday.
The Premier League continues this weekend before proceedings are paused to accommodate the last international break of 2019.
Table-toppers Liverpool host second-placed Manchester City on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are unbeaten this term, having suffered just the one stalemate against Manchester United in October.
City are six points adrift at this point and are troubled by their lack of winning form on Anfield turf. Pep Guardiola’s squad haven’t won at Liverpool since 2003, a victory which itself ended a 22-year wait for success at Anfield.
City will be keen to turn those tables by inflicting a first loss of the season on the Champions League title holders.
Expect a ‘crossfest’ this Sunday
City and Liverpool rank first and second for open-play crosses this season with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola putting the crossing abilities of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kevin de Bruyne respectively to good use.
The new tactic being applied by both the managers has perhaps paid dividends as well as the Belgian and the Englishman lead the charts when it comes to ‘big chances created’ this season.
It’s not just these two players who have an affinity towards fizzing long balls inside the opponent’s box but an ethos which has been drilled into the sides by their respective managers.
Guardiola’s men have attempted an outrageous 292 crosses this season (26.54 per match); 61 of these came alone in their last match against Southampton. Liverpool are closely following them with 283 crosses of their own (25.72 per match).
With the likes of Andy Robertson and Benjamin Mendy also being exceptional when it comes to delivering high quality service from crosses, it is highly likely that Liverpool vs Manchester City at Anfield is going to be a crossfest this Sunday.