Predicted Manchester City line-up to face Liverpool in the league
In one of the marquee games of the season, champions Manchester City travel to Liverpool for a top of the table clash. The Cityzens are currently on top due to superior goal difference, however, a win for Liverpool on Sunday would mean the Reds taking over the summit spot.
Hence, this game is a blockbuster in many aspects, mainly because of the fact Pep Guardiola’s men haven’t really faced tough teams in the league so far (with all due respect). Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s men have already made trips to Tottenham and Chelsea and have won four points out of the possible six.
Therefore, a win for Liverpool could really open them a cushion at the top. However, if City win, they can have a three-point buffer.
Kevin de Bruyne is back in training but Sunday may come too soon for him. Meanwhile, Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph are out ruled out. Ilkay Gundogan has been all but ruled out of this clash after he suffered a hamstring injury against Hoffenheim.
Probable Manchester City XI
Manager: Pep Guardiola
The Brazilian is the club’s first choice in goal and is a sure starter for this all-important clash.
Kyle Walker (RB)
The Englishman is probably one of the best right-backs in the country. Expect him to play a rather conservative role against Liverpool.
Nicolas Otamendi (CB)
The experience of Otamendi would be key in these games when the pressure is high.
John Stones (CB)
Stones should start this game as Aymeric Laporte may feature at left-back.
Aymeric Laporte (LB)
The Frenchman could play as a left-back and is expected to play a conservative role.
The Brazilian’s role in defensive midfield could be key in a game of high pressure and intense pressing.
David Silva (LCM)
The Spaniard was a star against Hoffenheim on Tuesday. His usage of possession in tight areas would be required on Sunday.
Bernardo Silva (RCM)
With de Bruyne still out and Gundogan on the cusp, Bernardo may start alongside the other Silva and Fernandinho in the midfield.
Leroy Sane (LW)
The last time Sane played at Anfield, he was marked out of the game. Expect the German to give a response this time.
Sergio Aguero (ST)
The Argentine scored a good goal against Hoffenheim and played well. Gabriel Jesus is out of form, hence, Aguero should continue taking up the central striker role.
Raheem Sterling (RW)
The former Liverpool player won’t be getting a rapturous welcome at Anfield, as has been the case in the past. It will be interesting to see how he copes with the reception this time.