Liverpool hosting Man City this weekend will be crucial to the title race as the Reds look to open a nine-point gap on the back-to-back champions, and the magnitude of the tie was demonstrated by Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League team selection.
Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren sat the game out completely, while Andrew Robertson, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all given fewer than 20 minutes, so expect them all to return to the starting 11 on Sunday.
So, how will Liverpool line-up against Premier League champions Man City?
Mane, Firmino and Mohamed Salah will start up top as expected, with them contributing 19 goals for Liverpool in all competitions already this season.
Henderson and James Milner will be key to chasing down City’s creative midfielders, with them each averaging 1.7 and 1.1 tackles per game respectively, compared to Ilkay Gundogan’s 0.8 at the heart of City’s midfield.
That means Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana make way after their disappointing performances against Aston Villa last weekend, where they each rated just 6.5/10 and 6.9/10 respectively by WhoScored.
Dejan Lovren will return to partner Virgil van Dijk as he looks to keep a clean sheet for just the third time in 18 games he’ll have played in all competitions for Liverpool this season.
Robertson’s rest during the week will mean he’ll have his energy back, and he’ll need it to be able to stem the flow of City’s 21.8 shots-per-game Premier League average and still attack to continue his own rate of 1.4 key passes per Premier League game.
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