Pep Guardiola on how to stop Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in new Man City documentary

Published Add your comment

Football News

How do you stop Liverpool?

It’s a question many managers will be asking themselves this season and the majority of them will struggle to come up with a good enough answer.

With the ridiculous pace of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane either side of Roberto Firmino, Jurgen Klopp’s side can be unplayable at times on the counter.

Even Manchester City - who romped to Premier League glory last season - failed to stop them on three occasions last season.

Liverpool beat City 4-3 in the league and 3-0 in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg both at Anfield, before triumphing 2-1 at the Etihad in the return-leg in Europe.

But Pep Guardiola did manage to stop Salah, Mane and co. earlier in the season.

Liverpool travelled to the Etihad in September and were thrashed 5-0 by a rampant City side.

And in the first episode of Man City’s eight-part documentary series, All Or Nothing, Guardiola can be seen telling his players exactly how to stop Salah and Mane.


According to the Mirror, Guardiola masterminded the victory by telling his players how to deal with Liverpool’s two livewires.

"Today I'm going to explain to you what they do in attack, with the ball - Liverpool," he says.

"It's a team who is so good at running - runs in behind - because the men up the pitch are so important.

"Just focus today, when the ball is outside, close the channel. Mane and Salah, play in those positions, so when the ball is here (midfield) they make the move or put the ball here (the channel).

Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League

"They are so fast. Even when the (City) full-back has to go, try to make that movement (out wide) to close here, the play here (inside). Okay?"

It seemed to work wonders.

Of course, Guardiola and City were helped massively by the fact Mane was sent off for a nasty challenge on Ederson in the first-half, reducing them to 10 men.


While Guardiola’s tactics clearly worked on that day, he players couldn’t quite “close the channel” in the following three matches.

Ederson Santana de Moraes
Sadio Mane
Roberto Firmino
Mohamed Salah
Jurgen Klopp
Pep Guardiola
Premier League
Manchester City

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again