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Salah in great shape and may be Liverpool star again on Sunday

I have seen Mohamed Salah a lot, I have observed him closely and he plays as well as I have ever seen him.

Salah’s full play at the moment is phenomenal. His pace of work, his desire, his goals, his assists… I haven’t seen him in better shape.

He’s in the form of his life. He is confident, strong and has a bit between his teeth. He appreciates the return of Virgil van Dijk and knows he is playing for a team that can win the title again. He is in wonderful shape and it is a joy to watch him.

Sunday October 3 4:00 p.m.

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False nine keep Man City playing like Chelsea – but they lack that clinical striker

I thought City were fantastic against Chelsea. When Pep Guardiola doesn’t have a striker playing he can have so many people comfortable with the ball and dominating it and that’s something he’s always wanted to do since his days at Barcelona. They kept him away from Chelsea and pressed so well because they had so many midfielders enjoying that part of the game.

But Man City wanted Harry Kane and they would have been a lot better off with him. In some games, when it’s tight, when you need a goal or someone’s magic moment, Kane is an incredible finisher. I think they’re going to miss not having this exceptional No.9 in the long run and that’s why I’m not convinced they’ll win the title this year.

Sure they have their chances, but if you look at it now Chelsea and Liverpool would be slightly favorites. Liverpool has Salah, Chelsea has Romelu Lukaku.

How will Pep Guardiola change his tactics for Liverpool?

City may need to change Chelsea game tactics to beat Liverpool

The result against PSG in the middle of the week, it can happen because of the quality of the players they have. But I think Guardiola will have been happy with the performance against Chelsea and I wouldn’t be surprised if he thinks: ‘Let’s try to do it again at Liverpool’.

However, Liverpool will not play in the same way as Chelsea. If City try to squeeze them, Liverpool will miss that by going more direct. Liverpool play more long balls than Chelsea because it works for them with the pace they have up front.

I don’t think they’ll push that high from the front because they know Liverpool are happy to go a little bit longer, turn you around and try to put Salah behind.

Liverpool must hand the ball to Salah to win the game

Liverpool will have that self-confidence thanks to the midweek goals, while Man City, after two tough games, Guardiola may have to shuffle his pack.

I have a feeling Liverpool are going to win this game. The confidence that runs through the veins of this team. Salah is in the shape of his life and will cause some defense issues for Man City.

City full-backs will want to run the other way, but if they leave room for Salah, he’ll open them up. City’s defense is excellent with Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias but keep giving the ball to Salah as the teams can’t live with him at the moment.

Watch: Curtis Jones

Curtis Jones put in another outstanding performance against Porto

I’m a huge Curtis Jones fan, I love the way he plays. He can score goals, he has good energy, he works hard for the team… In a way, his nose might have been twisted when Harvey Elliott started earlier in the season. He probably thought when Georginio Wijnaldum was leaving that it was a great opportunity for him but he had to wait. This injury to Elliott gave him a chance and he certainly grabbed it. He was very good in the middle of the week, against Brentford he took his goal well.

He’s a local guy and it’s something Liverpool fans love to see. I’m very impressed with the options they have, with some really good young players. I like their look. You can’t rule this side out of Liverpool. If they can keep their key players in shape, they look fantastic right now.

Premier League preview: Redknapp’s verdict against Liverpool against Man City | Will Arsenal rely on the derby victory? | Leicester’s slow start

Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports expert Jamie Redknapp, as well as football writers Gerard Brand and Simeon Gholam, to anticipate the Premier League weekend…

PART 1 | Jamie Redknapp explains why he believes Liverpool will win their big game against Man City at Anfield on Sunday. The Sky Sports expert also discusses the rise in the attack threat from Curtis Jones and City.

PART 2 | We take a look at whether Arsenal are now able to capitalize on their big win over Tottenham during their time at Brighton. And what constitutes the success of the Seagulls this season?

PART 3 | There is a lot of praise for Conor Gallagher as we discuss the improvement in Crystal Palace’s form and the Chelsea player’s future, before looking at Leicester’s slow start to the season.


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