Liverpool versus Manchester City at Anfield could provide a telling indication of which is more likely to go on and clinch the Premier League title this season.
With seven matches played and 19 points apiece, the Sky Blues are atop the league table having scored six more goals than Sunday’s hosts to date.
Jurgen Klopp has a strong record over his opposite number, though, having won eight of 14 meetings against Pep Guardiola.
This early season clash between two title rivals with a penchant for attacking play shapes up to be a real treat for neutrals.
Despite enduring a less than explosive start to the campaign, Mohamed Salah will draw plenty of attention from fans and opposition defenders alike.
Guardiola is well aware of the threat the Egyptian poses but believes he must follow up his incredible 2017-18 campaign to be held in the same regard as his own attacking drawcard - Sergio Aguero.
“Salah is younger, it was his first year back in England since his time at Chelsea, so we will see in the future, but a guy who has the quality to score nearly 50 goals in a season always has that quality,” he said, per the Mirror.
“Football is all about ups and downs. Salah remains an excellent player and will score goals in the future. When you are in there, scenting goals, sometimes this happens. Sergio has scored a lot of goals, but there were periods when he didn’t score.
“How many years has Sergio scored all those goals, eight or nine years? For Salah, it was the first one so we will see in seven or eight years. For Sergio, his huge value comes from being consistent over many, many years. It is about being consistent every three days during 11 months.
“That is why the big, big players around Europe do that because it is the most difficult thing.”
Unlike his manager, Kyle Walker has faced both Salah and Aguero in a competitive football match.
So, when asked which forward he’d rather defend against, his answer was always going to be very intriguing.
“For me, I’d rather mark Salah - every day of the week,” the England international said.
“I think Sergio has proved it now and I can assure you, having played against him when I was at Tottenham, he’s a nightmare – a complete nightmare to play against.
“You think he’s not interested in the game and all of a sudden it’s in the back of the net. He has that quality. He’s done it year in, year out. He is always up there scoring the most goals in the Premier League. He has probably carried City for a lot of years with his goals.”
There you have it.
Aguero may have lost a yard or two of speed through age and injuries, but he clearly still keeps one of the best full-backs in the country honest in training sessions.
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