Liverpool and Manchester City played out a 0-0 draw in the Premier League at Anfield last Sunday with the top of the table encounter proving to be a tight and nervy affair.
In Roberto Firmino and Sergio Aguero, two of the best centre-forwards in the division were on show, though neither were able to make the difference as they so often usually tend to do.
Nevertheless, the pair are still likely to play huge roles in deciding where the Premier League title ends up come May.
Last season, Aguero once again played a significant part in Manchester City being crowned Premier League champions.
The 30-year-old scored 21 goals in 25 appearances on the Citizens’ way to a record-breaking title win and, ultimately, is indispensable to manager Pep Guardiola.
Aguero looks to have seen off the competition of Gabriel Jesus — who at one point looked like Guardiola’s first-choice striker following his arrival from Palmeiras back in 2017 — and is probably the best No.9 in the Premier League on his day.
The Argentina international’s goal-scoring record over the past five years is phenomenal, especially considering his troubles with injury.
And while his stats in front of goal are obviously impressive, what stands out most is the kinds of goals he scores.
The former Atletico Madrid man is capable of scoring headers, long-range shots, chipped finishes, volleys and goals from extremely tight angles.
Ultimately, Aguero is both a consistent and complete striker who will go down as one of Manchester City’s greatest ever players.
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Unlike his Manchester City counterpart, Firmino is not an out-and-out No.9 and made a very slow start to life in England at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers.
The Brazil international, though, was able to spring into life when Jurgen Klopp replaced Rodgers in the Anfield dugout and has only gone from strength to strength since then.
His characteristics resulted in Klopp deploying him up front instead of in attacking midfield, and Firmino has massively thrived there.
The ex-Hoffenheim player both scores and creates goals, but what he does off the ball is what has made him such a valuable asset to his team and German boss.
Playing in a false-9 type role, Firmino drops deep, attracting central defenders towards him in the process, thus allowing Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to run in behind.
After a lacklustre beginning to life at Anfield, Firmino has slowly become one of the team’s most important players, and is a perfect example of a new signing simply needing time.
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Aguero and Firmino are two incredible strikers who bring so much to their teams in different ways.
While Aguero is often the one at the end of a brilliant Manchester City move, Firmino is sometimes at the heart of Liverpool’s.
The 27-year-old has come on leaps and bounds since arriving at Anfield from Hoffenheim back in the summer of 2015.
However, Aguero’s goal-scoring exploits in England simply puts him on another pedestal compared to the Liverpool man.
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