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CHRIS SUTTON: Liverpool would suffer without Mo Salah, while Man City have the best overall attack

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CHRIS SUTTON’S BIG GAME EXAMPLE: Liverpool have a better striker than Manchester City in Mo Salah…

  • Liverpool have the best attacker and Manchester City in Mo Salah
  • If they lost Salah for a month or two, they would suffer
  • Man City, meanwhile, are stacked in forward and attacking midfield positions
  • Pep Guardiola has an exceptional amount of talent at his disposal this season
  • Liverpool have scored more goals so far, but against City it won’t be long











If Liverpool lost Mohamed Salah for a month or two, they would suffer.

If Manchester City lose Jack Grealish, they have Phil Foden. If they lose Raheem Sterling, they have Riyad Mahrez.

If they lose Kevin De Bruyne, they have Bernardo Silva, not to mention Gabriel Jesus showing up where Pep Guardiola tells him to go. Oh, and Ferran Torres.

Liverpool have a better attacker in Mo Salah than Manchester City has at their disposal

City have not signed a striker this summer and yet they are so well equipped to win the championship again, it is frightening. I was asked to analyze the attacks of Liverpool and City and decide which one is the best.

If I had to name the best attacker from both sides, it would be Salah. In him Liverpool have the best individual striker. But City generally have the best attack.

It seems strange to vote for the side without a designated striker, but Guardiola has such a special group. He has an exceptionally deep talent that should enable him to fight on all fronts.

We’ve already seen how he can turn to different attackers for different games. Foden and Jesus started against Chelsea, Sterling and Mahrez started against PSG.

However, Manchester City have more depth than the Reds who don't have as much room to rotate

However, Manchester City have more depth than the Reds who don’t have as much room to rotate

Liverpool would suffer if they had to go without their star man Salah for a month or two

Liverpool would suffer if they had to go without their star man Salah for a month or two

Such a rotation is great for City. Liverpool doesn’t have that luxury. They have a set front three in Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane, then Roberto Firmino as a reserve. Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi are handy players, but not of the same level.

Grealish started both of City’s games against Chelsea and PSG and he has easily entered Guardiola’s system.

It’s not just about what City do with the ball, but also what they do without the ball. The press is phenomenal. Chelsea found that out last week when they were suffocated, and the Liverpool back line will realize that when they try to play from the back. If City wants to win the ball, it’s as chaotic as putting Mentos in a bottle of Coke.

Once they have it, it’s champagne football again. The transition is so seamless. Still makes you wonder how they put it into practice under Pep. The piggy-in-the-middle drills at City’s training ground should be a sight to behold!

On Sunday, two of football’s best attacks go head to head. City are following Liverpool for goals this season – 12 to 15. But I suspect that by the end of 2021-22 City will be the Premier League’s top scorers, just as they have been for the last four seasons.

City can rotate freely and keep their players fresh throughout a full season

City can rotate freely and keep their players fresh throughout a full season

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