CREATIV­ITY

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Liver­pool

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.

Manch­ester City

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).

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