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Who is Man City’s most important player?

Manchester City are arguably one of the best teams in Europe at the moment, if not the best. With Pep Guardiola at the club, the Spaniard has managed to create one of the greatest squads ever assembled and Fabian Delph still get’s the nod when fit. A squad filled an army of world-class talent that isn’t afraid to get down and got to war when needed to.

With players such as David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and so many more it’s incredibly hard to single out one player as Manchester City’s most important player but for me, it can only be one man.

I nearly went for Fernandinho and I wouldn’t be wrong if I did as he is the anchor for The Cityzens and when he doesn’t play the club do suffer as his role is so hard to fill. When Fernandinho has been injured this season it has been very noticeable that he hasn’t played.

However, the player that I have opted for in terms of Manchester City’s most important player is Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva. Signed last season from Monaco for 42 million pounds not many knew what Pep was getting from the man nicknamed ‘Bubblegum’. Silva didn’t take to life instantly at the Etihad initially struggling to get into the team ahead of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva. Towards the end of last season, we got glimpses of just how special he was but the 18/19 campaign was destined for Bernardo to officially announce himself.

Knee injuries for De Bruyne allowed Silva to establish himself in the starting XI in his preferred central position and it was evident he offered something different for City in terms of his work rate. This is highlighted perfectly is his performance against Liverpool in a 2-1 win at The Etihad. Bernardo covered a staggering 13.7 kilometres in the game which was the highest from any player so far this season and he probably still could’ve carried on.

Silva has eight goals and eight assists so far this season and his first touch is absolutely outstanding. Should Man City continue to fight on all fronts then Bernardo Silva will be at the centre of it all as he is for Man City’s most important player.

Who do you think Man City’s most important player is? Let us know below.

Liverpool or Manchester City: Who’ll come out on top?

Manchester City were busy winning the League Cup at the weekend, and you thought that would be an incentive Liverpool would take when they headed to Old Trafford. Instead, they came out with a draw. The result saw them return to the summit, but it was more “two points dropped” than “one point gained”.

Pep Guardiola’s side are able to take advantage of Liverpool slipping up when they take on West Ham on Wednesday, whilst Jurgen Klopp’s side faces Watford at the same time.

With 11 games to go, neither side can afford to drop further points from here on in, so without further ado, let’s see what’s in store for both sides.

Liverpool – W20 D6 L1

Watford (H)
Everton (A)
Burnley (H)
Fulham (A)
Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Southampton (A)
Chelsea (H)
Cardiff City (A)
Huddersfield Town (H)
Newcastle United (A)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)

Among their remaining games, there are some tough fixtures, along with a few “winnable” (saying it quietly) matches.

The key games for me (yours can differ) would be Chelsea at home – this was the game where they slipped up five years ago, so they wouldn’t want to do that again!

I’ve also picked out Newcastle United away. Cast your mind back to the 1995/96 season. Liverpool had just beaten a Newcastle United side going for the title, thus handing a resilient Manchester United side a massive incentive. Now fast forward to this year. The memory of THAT defeat will be fresh in the minds of older fans, so the home will be rallying on the Magpies to inflict revenge on what happened 23 years ago.

Manchester City – W21 D2 L4

West Ham United (H)
Bournemouth (A)
Watford (H)
Fulham (H)
Cardiff City (A)
Crystal Palace (A)
Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Manchester United (A)
Burnley (A)
Leicester City (H)
Brighton & Hove Albion (A)

Like Liverpool’s run-in, its best if I used the term “winnable” quietly as there can still be twists and turns!

Unlike Liverpool though, City still have other tournaments such as the FA Cup as they go for a historic quadruple (I don’t think its possible, but others think otherwise).

Of all their remaining games, one I’ve picked out is the Manchester derby. Last season, Manchester City had the opportunity to wrap up the title at home against their local rivals – what a game to do it in too, but United had other ideas. Still, City went on to win the league, but doing it in a derby game like Arsenal did all those years ago would’ve been so sweet!

Should they remain within touching distance of back-to-back titles, and Liverpool somehow trip up, they’ll once again be in with a chance of wrapping up the title in a derby, but this time, on enemy territory. Just imagine the scenes if the Citizens win the league at Old Trafford?! One can dream…

Back to Liverpool, it would appear that they haven’t been pushing as much in the cups in order to aide their title run. As “callous” as it seems, in a way, it does make sense as they’d want to play in fewer fixtures so that player fatigue doesn’t become an issue. But are they “disrespecting” the cups? That’s another discussion for another day…

As Liverpool have fewer fixtures to worry about, I feel they have the upper hand, but they’ve been here before, and we all know what happened next.

The test for Manchester City will be whether they can navigate their way to a fourth title whilst fighting on multiple cylinders. Can they achieve the impossible?

I’ve been asked where the title will be won and lost. There seem to be question marks around Liverpool, but not so much around Manchester City. We’d all like for the title race to go down to the final day like it did in 2012, but I don’t think that’ll be the case this time around.
You can argue that Liverpool have the edge as they don’t have as many fixtures coming up, but that was thought to be the case five years ago, but it ultimately wasn’t.

For that reason, I believe City have the edge as they have more competition driving them on.

Can Manchester City claim their fourth title, or will Liverpool finally win a first Premier League era title?


A rivalry between two of the brightest stars in the English football galaxy, separated by a mere 30 miles. A rivalry of the ideologies, economics, cultures and pretty much everything that separates the two cities. A rivalry where careers are made and destroyed. It is in fact more than a rivalry, ablood feud with high octane intensity.
Yes this is Manchester United vs Liverpool, where history is written by the day, only to be eclipsed by the night. On Sunday, United and Liverpool renew hostilities as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s red – hot team host Jurgen Klopp’s charges.

But is it still the biggest rivalry in English football ?

Liverpool dominated English football during the 1970s and 1980s , claiming the league title eleven times and the European cup on four occasions during that period. Manchester United , however, dominated the 1990s and 2000s ,winning the Premier league title record 13 times, two Champions leagues, including the prestigious treble in 1999.

When United won a record – breaking 19th league title, their legendary Manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous comment provides more perspective to this debate.

“My greatest challenge was is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f**king perch. And you can print that”

But with Liverpool still ahead in terms of European glory ,the fight for the much –glorified position atop the perch has never been moreintense.

This Rivalry has seen a lot form the players involved as well.
From Steven Gerrard  Kissing the camera, to former United Striker Wayne Rooney describing how he grew up abhorring the Reds, and Gary Neville’s passionate celebration in front of the Liverpool supporters , this Rivalry has seen it all in recent past.
But the most recent episode of this ferocious rivalry happened when former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was alleged to have racially abused ex- Man Utd defender Patrice Evra in the 2011-12 season. As a consequence, Suarez was banned foreight matches.
And following his return , Suarez had to play United at Old Trafford and the Uruguayan refused to shake Evra’s hand before the match. United won the match much to the delight of Evra and the fans, and as expected Evra celebrated infront of the supporters and made Suarez feel it.

Supporters and Hooliganism :

The two clubs might be the most supported in the world, but matches between them have seen several incidences of hooliganism.
An unidentified Liverpool fan spat at Man Utd legend Eric Cantona and threw a punch at former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson at the 1996 FA Cup final at Wembley as the Red devils walked to collect the trophy.
In 2016, in a second leg Europa league match at Old Trafford , there were crowd disturbances at the stadium – Liverpool supporters ripped seats and fought with United Fans.It was later reported that a Reds fan sneaked a Liverpool banner into the United section causing fury among United Fans.

As the next chapter of this Historical rivalry is about to be written on Sunday, what do we expect ? Goals? Red Cards? Stalemates ?
And is it still worthy to be mentioned as the biggest rivalry of English football ?