Ilkay Gundogan believes that if Manchester City can contain Liverpool’s dynamic attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, they will win Thursday night’s crunch clash between the two sides.
Like most teams, City have struggled against the trio and Klopp’s Liverpool side in general, but if the defensive unit, bolstered by the return of Fernandinho in front of the back four, can deal with Salah and co. then Gundogan is confident of City’s chances.
“It’s the most attractive game of the Premier League, so we want to perform well,” Gundogan said to SID in Germany. “Our manager’s philosophy is to bring our own game on the pitch, the result will then come automatically.
“Especially after the bad results recently, as a collective we have to be more settled in defence and attack more aggressively. Sometimes we made it too easy for our opponents to get through and we left them too many open spaces.
“Against Liverpool it’s an extremely exciting game and a very big challenge against their three men up front. If we can do that better [contain Salah, Firmino & Mane] then we’ll win the game. Up front we always have the quality to score goals.”