Jurgen Klopp Liverpool EPL
Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

Liverpool are going to take on Manchester City on Saturday and this coming week will decide their fate for the 2023/24 season.

The Reds face Man City this weekend and then they head to London to take on Chelsea in a midweek fixture. Finally, next weekend they open Anfield’s doors for league leaders Arsenal.

Liverpool are currently seven points behind the final Champions League position but they do have two games in hand which means they still have a very good chance of securing a Champions League spot. They have been knocked out of the UCL this season so their only hope of playing amongst Europe’s elites next season is via the top-four route.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will give it their all to pick up all nine points within the next week but we have a feeling they will stumble multiple times, starting against Manchester City.

Performances pressure in a massive week:

The first and biggest cause of concern that Klopp will have is to get his players mentally ready for such an explosive week. Liverpool have been one of the toughest teams in England in recent seasons but this campaign, they look completely deflated.

The manager has issued a rallying cry before Saturday’s massive encounter but we think it’s not going to have a major impact.

Klopp said in his pre-match press conference: “I’m not sure at the moment, I don’t think you could now say it’s nicer to fight for the title or whatever, in the moment it’s just about [that] we have to win football games. And you get usually what you deserve if you work hard enough – and that’s what we try.

“But we know it’s a massive game, a massive week coming up. But for tomorrow obviously they deserve all the attention, we should not think about the other games. That’s how we approach it.”

Liverpool have lost all their cohesiveness and grit and the 5-2 loss to Real Madrid was the perfect example of how they easily can crumble.

Klopp is saying that he and his players will take it one game at a time but we can assure you this won’t be the case because they know what’s at stake. Liverpool will go trophyless this season so they cannot afford to miss out on a Champions League spot next year. Chelsea are still beatable in their current form but the mental pressure of them playing three massive games within a span of nine days will definitely catch up to them.

A crisis in midfield for Liverpool:

Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita are ruled out for this weekend plus young Bajcetic is out for the remainder of the campaign which means Jurgen Klopp will have to field a very below-par midfield against Manchester City.

Fabinho and Henderson are going to get starts but the third midfielder’s choice will be nothing short of a gamble. Oxlade-Chamberlian is not someone who can be trusted to overtake a Man City midfield so Harvey Elliott is likely to be the one who gets a start.

City are expected to use Rodri and Gundogan in central midfield with De Bruyne playing as the No 10 and these three can tear Liverpool’s midfield into shreds. The middle of the pitch is where the match is going to be decided and if Hendo and co cannot take control then from the first minute then there’s no way Liverpool will come out of the Etihad Stadium with a win.