Man City vs. Liverpool preview: Center-back pairings will decide the match - Steve Nicol | ESPN FC

First-place Liverpool take on 10th-place Manchester City at the Etihad in a clash of two of the preseason favorites in the Premier League. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Craig Burley examine each team's chances and conclude the defensive lines for both sides will determine the result of the match. Nicol says Nate Phillips and Joe Gomez will have to have a great game to give Liverpool a chance. Burley agrees, giving Man City's Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte the edge in the back-line battle.

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