Liverpool’s Estonian centre-half Ragnar Klavan says he’ll slightly alter his game to face Sergio Aguero tomorrow evening at Anfield.
Manchester City’s world-class Argentine, arguably the best forward in the country, is back from a suspension that’s seen him absent for much of December and is expected to lead pep Guardiola’s line.
Many who haven’t seen much of Klavan this season would suggest it’s a mismatch, but Liverpool fans know better… Since his arrival from Augbsurg, the experienced defender has provided both composure and a steely toughness when called upon.
With Joel Matip unavailable, the 31-year-old will continue his partnership with hot or cold Dejan Lovren at the back.
“You don’t change the way you approach the game,” the 31-year-old told Liverpool’s official website when asked about his plans for Aguero.
“But of course you have to know what kind of striker you are up against; it’s a big difference if it’s Peter Crouch or Aguero.
“You’re a little bit tuned in to that, but not too much.”
“You need to attack well and also be good at the back.
“It’s a great challenge for us. every game is a good challenge.
“We’ll take it step by step, game by game.”
Like us, City have struggled at the back while being relatively free-scoring elsewhere. Their goalkeeper has been poor, while John Stones has continually made mistakes.
The Englishman is unlikely to start tomorrow though, with Otamendi expected to partner Kolarov. Hopefully, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Divock Origi can run them ragged.