3 key battles to decide outcome of Champions League tie at Etihad
SoccerSouls' writer Raghavendra Goudar reflects where Liverpool vs City could be won and lost.
Leroy Sane vs Trent Alexander-Arnold
"The contest between City’s speedy winger Leroy Sane and Liverpool’s young full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was one of the major highlights from the first game as the Reds academy graduate completely negated the German international’s presence in the game.
"Until that match, Sane was in splendid form but he was rendered completely ineffective by the brilliance of Alexander-Arnold. Heading into the second leg, the City winger will be keen on proving himself in a crunch tie while the 19-year old Liverpool full-back will be intent on showcasing that his performance in the last game wasn’t a one-off."
Mohamed Salah vs Fabian Delph
"The Egyptian was on the scoresheet against City in the previous game but there were some concerns over his availability for Tuesday’s encounter due to a groin injury. However, he was spotted training with the team on Monday and should be in line for a start.
"If he plays, Salah could be up against City’s makeshift left-back Fabian Delph, who returned from an injury this past weekend. The former Aston Villa man has adapted brilliantly to the change in position and has earned Pep Guardiola’s trust with some solid displays. This will be an interesting battle for sure!"
Sergio Aguero vs Virgil van Dijk
"The Argentine has been City’s primary source of goals this term, having netted 30 times already, but hasn’t started a game in over a month, due to a knee problem. He made his comeback this past weekend with an appearance from the bench and is in line for a start on Tuesday.
"The contest between Aguero and Van Dijk will make for an enticing battle and the outcome of this battle will have a major say on the outcome of the game."