Liverpool vs. Manchester City: Win over Chelsea Won't Impress City Come Sunday

Peter WebsterContributor IIINovember 25, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20:  Glen Johnson (R) of Liverpool celebrates his goal with Stewart Downing during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on November 20, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool are once again back in the Champions League spotlight after a 2-1 victory over a faltering Chelsea side that has seemingly lost the ability to defend under Andre Villas-Boas.

In comparison, Liverpool find themselves with the joint best defensive record in the league thus far, but how will that stand up against top goalscorers Manchester City this Sunday?

The victory over Chelsea will obviously inspire a little bit of confidence, but I think Liverpool as a club are still adapting to their new-look lineup and Kenny Dalglish hasn't worked out his best starting 11 yet.

The first thing I think Liverpool have in their favour is that no one is really expecting them to halt Manchester City's impressive start, and if City play as sluggishly as they did against Napoli in midweek, then Liverpool certainly have a chance. 

Luis Suarez is surely due for some goals for Liverpool after playing consistently well this season, but he can't do it alone and he is again without the services of Steven Gerrard to shoulder the burden.

Liverpool are in real danger of becoming overly reliant on Suarez—if they aren't already—whereas the Manchester City threat can come from a variety of sources in the form of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and the seemingly rejuvenated Mario Balotelli.

Anfield would certainly be the happier crowd if a draw occurred, but that result would only benefit Manchester United and that's not what either team want.

Manchester City won't be impressed with Liverpool's win over Chelsea, particularly with the way Chelsea have defended as of late. I don't expect the same graciousness from the likes of Kompany and the in-form Micah Richards.

My heart is wishing for another finite win, such as 2-1, but my head is telling me a loss is likely.

Let's hope I'm wrong.


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