Liverpool expect James Milner to return from hamstring injury within a month

Aubrey Yates
October 9, 2018

Currently, when the team is not managed by Jose Mourinho.

Liverpool maintains their flawless start and remains unbeaten against Manchester City last Sunday.

The previously unstoppable Liverpool registered just two efforts on target, with City mustering the same.

Virgil van Dijk believes the fact Manchester City adopted a slightly cautious approach at Anfield is a sign that Liverpool have earned Pep Guardiola's "respect".

"There was nothing really in the game - it was two really good teams going at it". But sometimes it is simply a failure - or reluctance - to acknowledge the part of the game that is crucial for any team with aspirations of winning major honours. After all it can not, and should not, always be about the forwards.

Even so, City will view a point at Anfield as a positive result - it is certainly better than their defeat last season - and I am sure Klopp will see a draw in the same way. But when a team plays against Liverpool, especially away from home, they simply can not go into the game without some kind of plan to stop the likes of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane from wreaking havoc.

James Milner's hamstring injury changed the complexion of the game as City took advantage of Naby Keita's arrival to exert their influence in opposition territory, although again without any real danger for their hosts. Whilst City was comfortably beaten by Liverpool 3-0 away in the Champions League last season, Pep Guardiola's side has gone on a run of ten games without losing away from home in all competitions.

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The champions are one point better off and are creating 20% more chances.

Liverpool started the season as the strong title contenders after their terrific performance last season and it's obvious to favor them over Manchester United after their recent performances.

If only we could press a reset button on the attack and Liverpool would surely be top of the table now rather than sharing first place with Man City and Chelsea. Of the three, Mane has looked the most likely, while Firmino continues to show why he's so vital with his ability to drop deep for the ball and harry defenders when Liverpool don't have possession.

"We were so defensively solid. It was two tactical sides up against each other and it was fine margins either way, which could have won the game". But we all keep going and now it is internationals. Liverpool have a fantastic opportunity to grab a sixth clean sheet of the season at the John Smiths Stadium in a couple of weeks. I would like to have taken it, I was confident, so I was not happy that they did not allow me.

Jurgen Klopp's men played out a 0-0 draw with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday, with Riyad Mahrez missing a late penalty for the visitors.

The change of position seemed to have a destabilising effect on the 21-year-old, who diverted Lovren's header back to Sergio Aguero in the penalty area. City struggled to beat Van Dijk on the ground or in the air, while Joe Gomez at right-back was outstanding against Raheem Sterling.

But my worry with Chelsea is where their other goals will come from if Hazard stops scoring as regularly, because their main strikers Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata are not exactly prolific.

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