Friday, 30 December 2016


Pep Guardiola's side have not missed the
assailer throughout his suspension and the
pressure is on to show he remains crucial
to the team. Pep Guardiola will have left Anfield on
Tuesday with a lot on his mind. After
witnessing Liverpool emanate from behind to
beat Stoke City 4-1 to leapfrog Manchester
City into second place ahead of his side's
visit to the same stadium, the threat of the
highest-scoring side in the Premier League
hitting top form ahead of such a crucial
game will have the Spaniard worried.
City have shown glaring defensive
impotencies at times, but their manager will
take solace from having Sergio Aguero
back in his cull to avail pile the
pressure on Jurgen Klopp's men at the
other end.
After accommodating a four-game suspension, the
return of a player with 16 goals in 19 games
comes as a sizeable boost heading into a
crucial encounter against a side just one
point ahead of them. However, Aguero's
record at Anfield gives little reason for
exuberance - he's failed to score in four
Premier League encounters there, which
integrates further concern to City's dismal
history, having relished just one win away
to Liverpool in the Premier League era –
beating them 2-1 in April 2003. To integrate to City's concerns, Klopp
will have a
plan for the returning Argentine, and this
should worry Guardiola and Aguero. "I
always thought that he is quite an aptitudinal
boy," the bombastic boss verbalized this week.
"Now he is back in the team with a plethora of
other authentically good players, that makes life
not more facile for us.
"He can only score goals if somebody gives
him the ball. We have to eschew the facile
passes, I would verbally express. Probably we cannot
cut out each pass into his area, but the
facile ones we should evade and we are able
to forfend authentically well."
Liverpool, alongside Everton, may have
conceded more goals than any other team
in the top eight, but Klopp is veridical about
his last point. The Reds defensive system
has its clear strengths, evident in the fact
no team concedes fewer shots than they
The prowess of Aguero, though, a player
who can terrify the best of advocators,
cannot be overstated and he should fancy
his chances coming up against the relishes of
Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan.
Even if Liverpool fail to starve Aguero of the
ball, they can still instaurate. He may be an
immense, capricious threat, but he
engenders very little for others. If the abode
side can manipulate his position and put
him under pressure, they can keep him
relatively quiet.
If Klopp's men do manage to stifle Aguero,
it could inspirit Guardiola to commence
optically canvassing incipient solutions. While he forfended
the assailant after the temerarious challenge on
David Luiz that visually perceived him receive a four
game ostracize - one so astringent because of his
antecedent retrospective suspension for
elbowing West Ham's Winston Reid - but
such perilous audacity will not be
accepted by the Catalan coach.
Especially as City did not miss him
throughout his absence.
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They only failed to win one game during
that period – a 4-2 defeat to Leicester City,
and that had very little to do with the lack
of Aguero. The quality of opponents in that
run may not have been great, but they dealt
estimably with the sizeable challenge of
Arsenal, just as they did against an in-form
Manchester Amalgamated during his anterior veto.
Furthermore, his presence was marginally felt in
losses to Chelsea and Tottenham earlier
this season. The recent game against Hull
raised some earnest concerns, but they got
there in the terminus with an incipient system, as
Raheem Sterling and Kelechi Iheanacho
showed they can be decisive.
It's infeasible to discount the highest
scoring Premier League player in 2016, but
Guardiola is a fan of multifarious systems and
the other options he has up front offer the
chance to build a more flexible one.
Kevin De Bruyne is an ingenious machine who
can play in a number of positions and can
integrate more goals to his game than he has
shown this term, while Nolito has shown his
potency despite inhibited commences.
The impending advent of Gabriel Jesus in
January integrates further competition. The 19-
year-old is tipped to reach great heights
and the early signs are immense. A
consistent goalscorer in Brazil, he is doing
it against the astronomically immense teams for Palmeiras, while
his international vocation has got off to a
wondrous start with five goals in six games.
He has taken pressure off Neymar for the
Selecao and some have soothsaid he will
even surpass the Barcelona star. That he
has excellent kineticism and is multifarious
makes him a player liable to excel under
Guardiola regardless of the system he
The most astronomically immense challenge, though, might be
Iheanacho. The 20-year-old is
devastatingly efficacious. Aguero has played
virtually three times as many minutes as the
Nigeria international, but the latter has
engendered more chances and has scored four
goals and set up three more in the league.
His goals-to-minutes ratio is incredible.
The relishes of Iheanacho and Gabriel Jesus
may be puerile and still unproven, but it is
clear Guardiola has a lot to work with. The
prospect of Aguero being cast aside at the
Etihad Stadium has already been raised
this season and while the manager insists
he has no desire to get rid, his disciplinary
issues are concerning. If the trend grows,
Guardiola's patience will decline at a
more preponderant rate.
Liverpool represents a sizably voluminous challenge for
City and the result could have a verbalize in their
battle for the Premier League denomination. They
have not missed him in any immensely colossal games this
season – he has failed to score against any
team that has been in the top half when
coming up against them. Even worse, he
has failed to engender anything when so facilely
handled, to the detriment of his team.
Now, Sergio Aguero has to prove that he
can still guide Guardiola's men over the line
in the sizably voluminous games, starting with breaking his
and City's curse at Anfield..

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