Liverpool out to make title statement at Manchester City

Jonathan Hernandez
September 8, 2017

The worst of those injury woes could be over however with the Belgium worldwide starting and completing each of City's opening three games of the new campaign.

He added: "Huge game for both teams".

The fact they've averaged 71% possession across those matches shows they're dominating the game but somewhat struggling to convert in the final third. Both sides have started the season with two wins and a draw.

A 4-0 thrashing of a compliant Arsenal side before the worldwide break means Juergen Klopp's side have seven points from nine during an opening period in which they also safely negotiated a Champions League playoff against Hoffenheim.

Mendy was part of the Monaco side that ultimately dumped City out of the competition in the round of 16, despite slipping to a 5-3 defeat in the first leg in Manchester.

Having thumped Arsenal 4-0 in their last match, the Reds are certainly on a high, though the three goals conceded at Watford hint at a soft underbelly that City will hope to exploit.

Pep Guardiola's City and neighbours Manchester United, together with champions Chelsea, have already been installed as the trio most likely to contest the title, but optimism is surging on Merseyside after a free-scoring August. A win for either side in this match would send the victors to the top. The Sky Blues wore down Brighton well enough but were then held to a draw at home by Everton.

Mendy made his debut in the 2-1 win against Bournemouth two weeks ago, and knows he is going to have to be at his best to combat a rampant Liverpool attack. While City's medical staff do not see it as a serious problem, they are wary of his injury history and will continue to assess the centre-half ahead of Saturday's [9 September] lunch-time kick-off at the Etihad Stadium. "Manchester City have seven points out of a possible nine and look like they have a bit of resilience and strength in depth they didn't have last season". The earlier signings of Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke are already settling in nicely.

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