Led by Spanish coaches Pep Guardiola and Germany’s Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City and Liverpool have become the two dominant forces in English football as they have dominated the last four league titles, including three for Manchester City.
Manchester City warned its rivals about the title, with Gal’s 1-0 win over Chelsea in the last leg, but Liverpool won’t be up for grabs, especially as they are the only team in the league so far not to have lost ago and is one point ahead of City, Chelsea and United, despite wasting two valuable points in the final leg by falling in a final draw against newly arrived hosts Brentford, 3-3 in the Lights League in the last stage .
Manchester City ended their long wait for a perfect away win over Liverpool last season when they beat them 4-1 in February, but they haven’t won in front of an audience at Anfield since 2003.
Guardiola fears his men will be tired after a week of exhaustion. Three days after their victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the English champions lost 0-2 to Paris Saint-Germain in the second round of the Champions League group stage.
On the contrary, Liverpool won a crushing victory over its Portuguese host Porto 5-1 in the prestigious continental competition.
Liverpool top the podium in the absence of their right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was excluded from the England squad on Thursday by coach Gareth Southgate due to a thigh problem, along with Spanish international midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Klopp said in statements on Liverpool’s official website: “There is no news about them, but there is not enough time for them to return against City. I expect them to be back in action after the international break.”
“We need a perfect and integrated performance to have a chance for them and I’m really looking forward to that,” he added over Sunday’s summit.
On the other hand, Guardiola seemed optimistic after the loss to Saint-Germain, saying: “In the end we were the best and the performance was good and we did everything but score. We have to correct the mistakes and play a big game at Anfield.”
Manchester United took 95 minutes to turn Spain’s Villarreal around and take a dramatic 2-1 victory in stoppage time in the second round of the prestigious continental competition on Wednesday, thanks to a goal from Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo saved his Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from a third loss in a row and a fourth in his last five games in different competitions.
But in reality United were once again faint and could have escaped defeat had their Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea not been so brilliant, who had saved a series of decisive saves.
United are well aware of the importance of a confrontation with Everton, as it is the first of seven strong matches that await the “Red Devils” this month and early next month, after which they will meet Leicester City, Italy’s Atalanta ( twice in the prestigious continental competition), Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City.
Everton head to Old Trafford with the same points as Solskjaer’s men after a great start led by Spanish coach Rafael Benites.
Everton seem more than capable of repeating what West Ham United and Aston Villa did by beating Manchester United over the past two weeks at their stadium, the Theater of Dreams, with a 1-0 result (the first in the League Cup and the second in the sixth stage of the competition), unless United show a significant improvement.
In the third game, Chelsea led by German coach Thomas Tuchel made a great start to the season and resumed the season where they left off last season, beating compatriot Manchester City in the Champions League final last May.
But the London team surrendered in the last two games, losing to Manchester City in a fierce clash and then Juventus in the prestigious continental competition, falling to third place on goal difference against Manchester United and Everton.
Chelsea’s job appears to be relatively easy to restore the balance as it faces host Southampton, who have not won a win this season and are in 16th place on four points from four draws.
After just three weeks at the top of the league, Portuguese coach Nuno Espirito Santo’s fate began to be questioned by fans after three disappointing defeats took him to 11th place.
Tottenham lost 9-1 to Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal to return to the bottom half of the table, so the Portuguese coach awaits his players’ reaction against Aston Villa on Sunday, and they signaled Thursday with a big win over their Slovenian guest Mora 5-1, including a hat-trick from top scorer Harry Kane in the Groups role for the Conference League.
Kane scored his hat-trick in the 68th, 77th and 88th minutes after entering the reserve in the 59th minute.
On Saturday, Wolverhampton also plays with Newcastle United, Burnley with Norwich City, Leeds United with Watford and Brighton with Arsenal.
On Sunday, Crystal Palace will also meet with Leicester City and West Ham United with Brentford.