Premier League champions Manchester City and the current league leaders, Liverpool clash on Sunday at Anfield.
Concise News reports that City, who have not won at Anfield since 2003, go into the match sitting six points adrift of the unbeaten Premier League leaders.
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has a decision to make over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Sunday’s visit of Manchester City.
The England international has four goals in his last four games after finding the back of the net again in midweek, when the Reds beat Genk 2-1 in the Champions League.
Three of the 26-year-old’s four strikes have been from the outside of the box, with the ex-Arsenal man bringing a goalscoring threat that many of his fellow Liverpool midfielders cannot offer.
Asked whether he feels back to his best after scoring against Genk on Tuesday night, Oxlade-Chamberlain – who spent over a year out injured with a knee problem – said: “I feel like I’m getting better.”
And Klopp is expected to return to a three-man midfield when title rivals City come to town, with ex-City star James Milner likely to be left on the bench.
With Joel Matip out injured because of a knee issue, Dejan Lovren should be selected over Joe Gomez alongside Virgil van Dijk.
First-choice full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson will start, with No 1 goalkeeper Alisson to face a testing afternoon between the sticks as Liverpool chase a first clean sheet in nine matches.
Ahead of Fabinho, Wijnaldum and captain Henderson will be the usual attacking triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, the latter having scored 10 goals and laid on five assists in 16 games across all competitions already this term.
Both Firmino and Mane came off the bench against Genk while Salah played the full 90 minutes and was heavily involved, although lacked the end product to get on the scoresheet.
Man City Team News
Pep Guardiola may be forced into changes for the match against Liverpool, with five first-team players out of action through injury – Leroy Sane, Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and David Silva.
Ederson was substituted at half-time during the week against Atalanta as a precaution, with Claudio Bravo in reserve.
It’s still not clear whether the Brazilian will be fit to face Liverpool, but he’s historically quick at returning from injury, so it’s likely that he’ll feature.
Joao Cancelo has impressed at right-back this season, and will probably get the nod ahead of Kyle Walker.
Guardiola is unlikely to trust Nicolas Otamendi against Roberto Firmino, who would easily draw the Argentinian out of position. So, he’ll turn to Fernandinho to provide cover in defence once again.
John Stones will be the most likely to partner Fernandinho, who would also be given the captain’s armband.
Benjamin Mendy will feature at left-back for the Citizens, although if Laporte were fit, the Frenchman would probably be deployed in the position after his success against Mohamed Salah last season.
With Fernandinho in central defence, Ilkay Gundogan will be asked to fill in as the lynchpin in central midfield, linking up the defence and attack.
Meanwhile, while David Silva is out injured, it means Bernardo Silva has the chance to play a central role alongside Kevin De Bruyne.
Riyad Mahrez will be given the chance to make up for his penalty miss last season at Anfield.
The Algerian has had an excellent start to the season, and won’t be fazed by facing Andrew Robertson down City’s right-hand side.
Former Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling will return to Anfield once again.
Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero will likely be picked ahead of Gabriel Jesus for City, given his superb goal-scoring record against Liverpool.
5:30 PM (Nigerian Time) on Sunday
Where To Watch Match Live
SuperSport 3 Live