Liverpool shouldn’t worry about keeping a clean sheet against Manchester City this weekend.
A lot has been made about the Reds conceding goals this season. Jurgen Klopp’s side have managed just two clean sheets in the Premier League so far.
The Reds are unlikely to improve this stat against a free-scoring City side, but Liverpool fans shouldn’t worry. Here’s why:
Liverpool or any other defence in football would struggle to shut out the Pep Guardiola’s men, even on our best day.
The Citizens have an array of attacking talent which means they are prolific in front of goal. In the first 11 games of the season they have already amassed 34 goals in the Premier League.
The game at Anfield will be all about scoring goals rather than preventing them. Despite the talk about Liverpool’s leaky defence it is this weekend’s opponents who have conceded more goals.
Manchester City have an impressive five clean sheets in the league but have shipped ten goals, one more than Liverpool.
The Premier League champions are struggling at the back and it is obvious to see.
Since losing Aymeric Laporte to injury they have been in defensive disarray and are often relying on midfielders to fill in at centre back.
Liverpool should look to exploit this and score as many goals as possible.
When all is said and done it’s goals that win games and goals that win trophies not clean sheets.
The Reds shut out City at Anfield in a goalless draw last season and lost the league by a point.
Liverpool kept 21 clean sheets last year more than any other team but still fell short. While clean sheets are nice they really aren’t important in the grand scheme of things.
Liverpool shouldn’t worry about keeping a clean sheet this weekend; putting three more points on the board by beating Manchester City is all that matters.