Manchester City have an injury nightmare on their hands ahead of Sunday’s crucial game against Liverpool, with goalkeeper Ederson adding to the growing list of absentees including Aymeric Laporte, David Silva and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Pep Guardiola will have to work wonders to come away with three points, with City not having won at Anfield since 2003 when Nicolas Anelka scored three minutes into injury time to secure the three points.
How will Man City line-up against league leaders Liverpool?
Sergio Aguero has not started every game this season (including City’s previous trip to Merseyside), and with Gabriel Jesus arguably possessing much better movement, exemplified by his assist for Sterling on Wednesday, he may be capable of asking more questions of Virgil van Dijk than Man City’s number 10.
Bernardo Silva hasn’t hit the heights of last season yet, with MEN describing him as having “gone from being the first name on the team sheet to third-choice in two positions”, but his work-rate could mean he’ll be given a start on Sunday.
Against Liverpool, he broke the record for the most distance covered in a single Premier League game in the 2018/19 season, and Raheem Sterling, who should start on the other side, is ready to give Trent Alexander-Arnold a runaround, having already scored 16 goals in all competitions this season for City.
Alexander-Arnold has faced criticism for his defending on Sky Sports recently and the attacking midfield duo of Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan will hope they can play the wingers in to increase their combined tally of 12 assists (Transfermarkt)
Rodri was predicted to return from his hamstring injury after the upcoming international break, but after he was spotted in light training this week, Liverpool fans are suspicious he might be fit for Anfield, and we wouldn’t bet against Guardiola throwing in a curveball at the last minute – though Riyad Mahrez could be primed for an appearance if Bernardo Silva is required to drop deeper in a midfield reshuffle.
Defensively, City are struggling, and it seems that Fernandinho, who has started City’s last six league games at centre-back, will partner John Stones there.
Benjamin Mendy played the full 90 minutes in the Champions League on Wednesday night, and he hasn’t played two full games in a week since returning from injury in September, so right-back Joao Cancelo could drift over as he has done once already this season.
Claudio Bravo will have to step up after Ederson’s worst fears were confirmed following his mid-game withdrawal in the Champions League, but if his 5.06 WhoScored rating from the Atalanta game is anything to go by, he could struggle to keep Liverpool out.
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