The essence of Liverpool’s creativity, since they sold Philippe Coutinho in January, has been their front three with Roberto Firmino the key as he drops a little deeper to release his fellow forwards. Naby Keita (right) has added another dimension while the full-backs are encouraged to attack and provide crosses.
City’s threat comes from all angles. Even without the injured Kevin De Bruyne they have players such as David Silva and Bernardo Silva with the ability to unlock defences, while the pace and trickery of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling will always stretch defences. Interestingly, Riyad Mahrez (left) was signed to bring a slightly different dimension while City are averaging even more possession this season than last (72.51 per cent as opposed to 71.94 per cent).