Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions & line-up vs Manchester City
Liverpool are determined to make it five consecutive Premier
League wins on the spin against Manchester City as they advance
their ambitions of a Champions League spot at the
expense of Pep Guardiola’s side.
No manager has recorded more victories (six) over the
Spaniard in all competitions than Jurgen Klopp, who expects the
Reds to continue their unbeaten form against the current top
Sunday’s hosts at the Etihad, meanwhile, have shipped in 23
goals in 12 meetings with the Merseysiders, and need to deliver
a strong reaction after slumping out of Europe’s elite
competition on away goals to Monaco.
Captain Jordan Henderson (foot) will be unavailable with Klopp
hoping “he can run in the second week of the international
Former City striker Daniel Sturridge is also expected to miss
out with a hip issue.
Dejan Lovren worked on his sharpness after a knee injury
by undertaking 75 minutes for Liverpool’s U23s
on Monday, while Roberto Firmino has been running outside
Neither team have any suspension concerns.
LIVERPOOL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP
Klopp could choose to stick with Ragnar Klavan as Joel Matip’s
partner at centre-back for consistency with Liverpool
winning two on the spin.
The Estonia international was at the heart of defence alongside
Lovren for the reverse fixture, which produced a clean sheet.
Divock Origi, who had a hand in both goals against Burnley, is
due to continue in attack if Firmino is not fit enough to
MAN CITY TEAM NEWS
City are unbeaten in six Premier League games, but have lost
five of their last six top-flight fixtures against Liverpool.
This encounter pits together the two best
passing teams in the division, who have also averaged
the most distance run (the visitors with 117.3km per match
and the hosts managing 114.8km).
Both teams have the desire to dominate the ball and assert
themselves on proceedings, with the Reds proving how effective
they can be out of possession and on the break against
City’s expansive play in the 4-1 victory at the Etihad last
Klopp’s men will need to be compact, and like they did at
Anfield on New Year’s Eve, look to stifle the supply to Sergio
Ilkay Gundogan (knee) and Gabriel Jesus (foot)
remain on City’s absentee list.
BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS
Liverpool have won four consecutive league games against
Man City for the first time since 1981
Manchester City have failed to keep a clean sheet in each
of their last 12 games in all competitions against
Liverpool, shipping 23 in the process
Sergio Aguero has found the back of the net in all four of
his Premier League games versus Liverpool at the Etihad
Stadium (four goals).
Philippe Coutinho has scored more Premier League goals
versus Manchester City than against any other team (4) in
TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME
The match will be televised live on Sky Sports in the UK on
Sunday, with kick off at 16:30pm BST.