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The big game on Sunday sees title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City lock horns at Anfield.
Former Germany international Dietmar Hamann is well placed to comment on the two sides, as he featured for Liverpool and City in his career.
Hamann played in the same team as current Reds captain Steven Gerrard, and he’s expressed surprise at how well the player has adapted to his new role in the club’s midfield.
Writing in his column in the Mail, Hamann said:
I played with Steven Gerrard for seven years and never did I expect to see him end up in my position, as a holding midfielder. He just wasn’t the most disciplined—and that position is all about being disciplined and giving the team balance. Often when you were playing with Steven you would think: ‘Where’s he going? What’s he doing there?’ A couple of minutes later he would be beating someone down the wing to set up a goal.
So I had my reservations when Brendan Rodgers started playing him in the more defensive role. He’s been a revelation partly because he’s older now and understands the position. But also because he probably feels he can trust the players in front of him.
Looking ahead to the game, Hamann believes the contest will be won and lost in the midfield.
Manuel’s Pellegrini’s selection could be decisive. If they do start with Fernandinho and Toure in midfield, with Samir Nasri, Silva and Jesus Navas in front, Liverpool will expose them.
If Pellegrini does go with Toure and Fernandinho together in midfield, I would make Liverpool favourites—and as such, favourites finally to end the 24-year wait to win the title. But if he goes more defensive with Garcia, it’s easy to see to City getting a result.