Manchester City have been quite simply unstoppable at home this season. In their eight home matches, they’ve scored an incredible 35 goals, including six against both Arsenal and Tottenham, and four against main rivals Manchester United, winning all eight games in the process.
Logically, with these sorts of statistics, you’d expect teams from now on to go to the Etihad, play 10 men behind the ball, squeeze the space and try to counter in the hope they can nick a goal on the break or from a set piece.
Liverpool, Manchester City’s Boxing Day opponents, have also been in fine goalscoring form, having scored an impressive 93 goals in all competitions in 2013, and according to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds boss has promised to fight fire with fire and attack from the off.
'City score a lot of goals, but they also concede', says Rodgers. 'We have an attack-minded philosophy and that won’t change.
'The game is always about balance. Our game at Tottenham showed that. They had power, pace and quality, but the balance in our game was outstanding. The way we pressured them both with and without the ball was very good. We need to repeat those standards'.
Liverpool have yet to demonstrate consistency against the top teams away from Anfield this season, and there's no worse place in football right now to be caught leaving gaps in midfield and defence than at the Etihad. But, if attack is indeed the best form of defence, Rodgers might be onto something.
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