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Liverpool fixture an opportunity for Manchester City to capitalise says Taylor

Liverpool fixture an opportunity for Manchester City to capitalise says Taylor
Liverpool fixture an opportunity for Manchester City to capitalise says Taylor

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor says that his side’s fixture at Liverpool presents a great opportunity to take up pole position in the Barclays Women’s Super League’s title race.

Goal difference currently separates league leaders Chelsea and second-placed Manchester City. The South West Londoners are in domestic cup action this weekend as they contest the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup final.

When speaking to the media ahead of the Liverpool fixture, Manchester City boss Taylor said that the game offers his side the opportunity to be chased by title rivals Chelsea rather than doing the chasing themselves.

“It’s an opportunity for us to put three points on the board going to a difficult venue in Liverpool,” Taylor said. “There’s no doubt, their record has been pretty good in the last four or five games. They never make it easy for you, they never make it easy for any team.

“We know what we have in front of us but we also have a big opportunity to be clear at the top during the international break with Chelsea not playing. It’s a really good opportunity for us and then all of a sudden, it’s them chasing us rather than us chasing them.

“We know it’s hard to do what we have to do but what an incentive to do it.”

Liverpool host both Manchester City and Chelsea before the end of the season. Taylor knows that a trip to Prenton Park is never an easy assignment for any team.

He said “Chelsea have got to go there as well. It’s never an easy game there. What they do is similar to what Leicester have done this season which is that they try to put you under massive pressure. Of course, when they do that, they leave themselves a little bit open in certain spaces. 

“We were fortunate enough to capitalise on those spaces when we played them in the 5-1 game at The Joie Stadium earlier in the season. That was one of those games where we maximised the spaces.

“We know we need to be clean, we need to be tight in what we do and we need to be brave in how we play which we always have been. I don’t expect it to be anything other than a tight game but I expect every game to be like that between now and the end of the season.”

Manchester City’s Barclays Women’s Super League fixture at Liverpool kicks-off at 12.30pm this afternoon.