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Sterling felt more title pressure at Liverpool than at Man City

Sterling felt more title pressure at Liverpool than at Man City

They kicked things off in fine style during the first game with a 2-1 win over Brazil but their second match of the tournament sees them come up against another powerhouse. That's how it is.

Liverpool returned to their swaggering best and retained a slender lead in the Premier League with a 5-0 thrashing of Watford on Wednesday that was powered by two goals apiece from Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk.

Both teams have given up similar defensive xG totals - City 0.76 per game to Liverpool's 0.79 - and are thus averaging over a goal more than their opponents per game, though City's extra firepower will give them hope of overhauling their one-point deficit.

However, Klopp said whether players were happy or not they had to fall into line. "You see that on an every-day basis". That is sometimes possible, sometimes not, but you have to be stable and the boys were always stable and really fluent offensively.

That was the closest Liverpool have come to ending a 28-year wait for their 19th English top-flight crown, while Sterling got his hands on a Premier League winners' medal as he shone under Pep Guardiola last season.

"Let's try to do it again".

Zabaleta, who won two league crowns with City, said: "It looks like it will be between City and Liverpool until the end". It's always about showing reactions, but not reactions of the things we are talking about.

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"It is three points for us but it was a tough game".

Liverpool were second in the Premier League, five points behind Manchester City, and had been beaten by Paris Saint-Germain four days earlier.

With Roberto Firmino out injured, Klopp made a decision to have Mane lead Liverpool's front line against Watford, with Origi lining up on the left-hand side. But I have to say that the one that sticks out for me is the last one. Sterling was introduced as a second-half substitute alongside Bernardo Silva to decisively turn the game in the hosts' favour and he conceded to experiencing a nervy atmosphere around him at the Etihad Stadium. "It's only very emotional, very passionate and for me that's how football should be", said Klopp. So Everton will have to watch out for him as we know he isn't one to score but he does a hell of a lot of work off the ball to help the team.

Last weekend, the Liverpool head coach said "we all know for them it's like a World Cup final" when looking ahead to his side's Goodison trip.

I fancy Liverpool here, and therefore I'm going to back Sadio Mane to open the scoring.

"(Everyone thought) the ball was out, Virg (Virgil Van Dijk) already turned (away) after his wonderful volley, but Div stayed awake and scored that goal.

Third-placed Tottenham, slumping after successive defeats, have to focus on maintaining their top-four berth when Arsenal arrive at Wembley for the north London derby.


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