In 8 hours Kyle Walker admits: Opposition have worked out Man City

In 8 hours Kyle Walker admits: Opposition have worked out Man City

Virgil van Dijk is up against Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2019 Ballon d'Or, and he tormented Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday as Liverpool won 2-1 at Anfield.

Alisson's dismissal for handling the ball outside his box led to a nervy final 15 minutes for substitute goalkeeper Adrian, who saved at full stretch from Aaron Mooy and nearly spilled a tame Pascal Gross header into his own net.

But having surged 11 points clear of Pep Guardiola's City side, Alexander-Arnold was paying little thought to the manner of the victory.

Manchester City will be disappointed to be behind Liverpool by double digits just 14 games into the season, and while they have dropped points in 5 of their matches, it's a near-impossible task to keep pace with a team who truly doesn't seem capable of dropping any points right now. For us, it's about keeping the momentum up and trying to stretch that run on.

The league's all-time top scorer Alan Shearer said on the BBC: "It helps when you've got the king of assists in Trent Alexander-Arnold and you've got the defender who's scored more goals than any other defender since the start of last season, and that worked for them today".

It may be the biggest game of Everton's season but their complete lack of substance means that Liverpool have the potential to cut through them like a hot knife through butter.

Alexander-Arnold scored his only Premier League goal at Stamford Bridge when the England worldwide expertly executed a set-piece routine to break the deadlock in a 2-1 win.

The Reds have won 13 games and drawn once, extending their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 31 matches in the process, with a Merseyside derby clash against Everton up next on Wednesday. These are the two sides who have conceded more goals than anybody else in the Premier League this season and managers can look to take advantage of that with the cheaper attacking options available.

Klopp likes to stick with a few familiar faces but there is good strength in depth around the first team and the usual suspects need to know they aren't indispensable. So he'll be raring to go.

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