Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has explained where he thinks the club’s crunch tie against Manchester City will be won, and what the Reds must do to ensure their success.
Man City travel to Anfield tomorrow for what is arguably the most important top flight game in the Premier League era for Liverpool – if the home side come out on top, they will have overcome their biggest rival in the race and lead the table by five points with four games to go – at least until Chelsea play Swansea City later.
“Midfield is always a key battleground, it’s the jungle of the pitch,” said Rodgers to the Daily Star.
“We will look forward to that battle in there, it is an area where we look to dominate in a lot of our games and I am sure it will be contested competitively.
“We will play with no fear because that is the way we know how to play football.”
Rodgers singled out Yaya Toure as the clear danger for Manchester City, outlining how the Cote d’Ivoire has developed his attacking game since moving to the Etihad Stadium.
“They have a world-class player in Yaya Toure. I’ve seen him a lot since he came to this country – he has been a real attacking force for them.
“Before that at Barcelona he played as a holding player and at centre-half in some games. He is a player of immense quality.
“Fernandinho has come in and been a real rock for them and they’ve dropped David Silva into that number 10 role and he is one of the best in the world.”
Despite his clear admiration for Man City’s midfield though, Rodgers clearly has faith in his own.