Flag day at Anfield
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The match officials could be in for a busy afternoon at Anfield on Sunday, when the Liverpool and Manchester City attacks try to fire their teams to three precious Premier League points for different reasons.
Patience won’t be a virtue as the Lancashire rivals go hell for leather for victory, City in an attempt to close the gap on leaders Chelsea to two points while the London club concentrate on the Capital One Cup final, and sixth-placed Liverpool in a bid to strengthen their claim for a Champions League place.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are only three points behind third-placed Arsenal after a stunning run in which they have lost just once in 18 matches and won five of their last six games.
Their attack is purring nicely in the shape of Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge, but sometimes they are too quick for their own good and they have acquired a reputation for being caught offside frequently.
For example, in their 2-0 win at Aston Villa last month they were flagged five times – as they were in the corresponding fixture against City last April, which they won 3-2.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have also developed a recent trend for succumbing to the offside trap, being caught four times in the 4-1 romp at Stoke earlier this month and three apiece in the 1-1 home draw with Hull and at Chelsea.
The officials will therefore need to be on their guard for an encounter in which attacks have dominated in recent years, with a minimum of three goals having been scored in each of their last five meetings.
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