Nathaniel Clyne is going to the Etihad Stadium to do two things— chew bubblegum, and kick some ass. At press time, it is unclear whether he still has a supply of bubblegum.
Tomorrow’s trip to Manchester, the last Premier League fixture before the international break, is a huge test for both sides. City will be looking to turn the page on a difficult week while the Reds will be looking to cement their Top 4 spot. In advance of this huge clash, the Liverpool fullback spoke to the official club website about tomorrow. Clyne described the game as a fight— and is looking forward to it.
“When you’re playing against the top teams, they’re also looking to win the game, so I guess it’s like pound-for-pound. We seem to be doing really well when it comes to playing against opposition like that, teams that try to come out and try to win the game. There’ll be spaces for us to counter attack into and it’ll be a good game to watch I’m sure, so I’m looking forward to it. [I’m expecting] an entertaining [game], definitely. Two great sides, quality players in defence and attack, so [it should be] an open game, a free-flowing game and hopefully Liverpool will win!"
Clyne also talked about his specific challenge in tomorrow’s game— defending against Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.
“With City, they’re most dangerous with their wide players so if I’m picked to play, me and Millie have got a tough task to try and stop these wingers doing what they can do. It’s going to be a tough test and we’ll have to be on top of our game to stop them, knowing that if we do our best against them then we’ve got a good chance of winning the game.”
I get the sense that this sense of fight isn’t just limited to Clyne. If true, tomorrow should be a real show.