Manchester City v Liverpool: A curmudgeon’s preview
Maybe I’m becoming disenchanted with the whole Premier League. I can’t believe I waited so long for this crap to start and I’m already really annoyed. Actually, I think I’m just annoyed with Manchester City but that’s a story for another time.
Looking down the fixture list this weekend, I groaned noticing that the only half way interesting match is stupid City v bleedin’ Liverpool. Ugh.
It still blows my mind that in the not too distant past, this would have been one of Liverpool’s many ‘dropped easy points’ that kept them from the Premier League title and now it’s a match that will show how serious they are about qualifying for the Champions League.
Let’s take a look at both teams:
Annoying but only as annoying as Liverpool ever are – ownership drama, complaining about not having money or players despite having a very expensive bench and shopping big money signings out on loan. Most importantly though, Joe Cole is starting the first game of his suspension for the red card he picked up last week. This will hurt Liverpool more than any boardroom antics and loaning Aquilani will.
What’s worse than Annoying? ‘City’ may become my new word for that. The treatment of Craig Bellamy, Stephen Ireland, and Shay Given, all within the past seven days, has left me pulling my hair out in distress. Their starting XI has played one game together and Mario Balotelli the most super of their superstar new signings hurt his knee in the Europa League this week.
Liverpool obviously have a more cohesive team spirit than a newly formed squad of 11 highly paid (don’t say the M word) most of whom are chasing a pay cheque. One year on, Liverpool have still not solved the problem of the Xabi Alonso-shaped hole in their midfield. City will be able to exploit that and Tevez and Silva (with Milner in support) should be a real threat to Liverpool’s defence. Especially if Pepe Reina has another horrendous day in goal.
Conclusion: Blackburn against Birmingham will have way more goals and excitement than this tedious 1-0 win to City (Adebayor scoring off the bench at 75).