Luis Suarez vs Vincent Kompany: Big reputations on the line

As Manchester City prepare to host Liverpool on Boxing Day, arguably the division’s best striker and defender meet.

Manchester City’s home record is outstanding this season, with Manuel Pellegrini’s men wiping the floor with allcomers at the Etihad Stadium over the last couple of months.

The next team into the lion’s den is Liverpool, who travel to Manchester today in search of a result to keep them on top of the Premier League table.

However, an interesting subplot will see Luis Suarez take on Vincent Kompany, in what is sure to have a real impact on the outcome of the game.

The Liverpool striker is in scintillating form, netting an incredible 19 goals in 12 Premier League games this season already.

However, he will go up against arguably the most able central defender in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium in the form of the Belgian.

Despite a comical own goal in City’s last game, a 4-2 win over Fulham, Kompany seems close to full fitness once more and will be keen to lead his side to another victory on home soil against the Reds.

To do so, he will be personally charged with keeping the mercurial Uruguayan quiet – no mean feat given the confidence that runs through Suarez’s veins at the moment.

Given the lofty reputations of the individual players, it is fair to build the personal battle up as the Premier League’s best striker against its top defender.

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