Heat Swiveling Around Captains Before Kickoff
Steven Gerrard as well as Vincent Kompany are undeniably one of the finest stars at their positions in their era. Gerrard, labelled as Captain Fantastic isn’t having the liveliest of season for The Reds, forlornly announcing his departure from Merseyside at the end of the campaign, taxing injuries and looking fatigue when played repetitively in series of matches. Brendan Rodgers’s new exhilarating 3-4-3 formation has been impressive, turning around their poor first half. With the enthusiasm of Jordan Henderson and hard-hitting presence of Lucas Leiva, the 34-year old wasn’t very much missed by his club. However, Lucas is out injured plus Henderson is this racing against time for fitness, hence Gerrard might be returning to the middle of the park. The inspirational skipper himself isn’t completely fit, which could be a massive gamble for Rodgers. On the other hand, the big Belgian is stammering for the past two seasons, questions over his form, leading to plenty of individual errors which have been costly for the team. The 28-year old was pinpointed heavily in their 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16. Both goals were scored by Luis Suarez, who was an influential figure last season for Liverpool. There are myriads of rumours that Manuel Pellegrini is already searching for a replacement for Kompany. Both skippers embrace wondrous leadership skills and have the ability to zing up the game with their domineering experience. Sunday will be a challenging battle both mentally as well as physically for two significant powerhouses.
More than Just 90 Minutes of Football
It was one of the classic matches in recent years, when Liverpool emerged victories with a 3-2 scoreline last season at Anfield. It took The Reds to the summit of the table, eyeing their 19th Premier League crown. Since then they frenzied and frazzled, despite winning the battle against City, they lost the decisive war after slumps with Crystal Palace as well as Chelsea. The five-time European winners were distressed gravely, which haunted them earlier this season as well. Can Brendan Rodger’s men seek revenge and persistently pile pressure on the top four, being their goal for this season? Likewise couple of days back, both clubs was appalling in their European encounters, Manchester City sinking at home to Barcelona, whereas The Reds lost to Besiktas in penalty shootouts. Both managers will be gearing forward for maximum points this weekend to bounce back immediately!
Morale-Boosting Shot Stoppers
In the gloomy downfall to The Catalans, Joe Hart was without a doubt man of the match for the losing side. He made a fabulous save to ensure Lionel Messi’s penalty voodoo goes ceaseless. On the other hand, Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet has been influential in the second half of the season, excellently guarding his posts. The Reds have clinched five clean sheets out of six matches in the Premier League. The rejuvenated Belgian has been shielded efficiently by the backline of Skrtel, Sakho and Can. It would be a challenging encounter on Sunday as both teams embrace fiery and splendid attackers, they could be difference of securing maximum points. These goal guardians are strong contenders for the fantasy premier league squad!