Liverpool at Manchester City Injury Report: De Bruyne, Gundogan, Milner, Gomez

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“It’s a marathon, not a sprint” is as shopworn a cliche as possible, but it’s a concept that certainly applies to the Premier League title race. It’s painful to repeat that platitude, but you must remember it Thursday night when the Liverpool at Manchester City result goes final. Once this game is over, there will still be 17 matches left, and Liverpool’s lead at the top of table will either be a.) 10 points b.) unchanged or c.) 4 points.

Obviously, if it’s a.) City will be in a very deep hole with a lot of work to do in the second half of the season, b.) a big blown opportunity for Pep Guardiola and company c.) a signal that the title race is really on this season.

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Truly, there is no more need for preface than that. What’s on the line here really speaks for itself, so let’s take a look at the fitness situation for both sides.

For the hosts, it all starts with all-world midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. The 27-year-old Belgian didn’t travel to Southampton for City’s win on Sunday due to a muscular injury. Given what Guardiola had to say about the situation: “It’s not a big issue, but I cannot say if he will be able to play on Thursday,” he is a doubt to say the least.

Another midfielder who also missed the weekend win, Ilkay Gundogan, is also doubtful. Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo remain  long-term absentees.

Additionally, Fabian Delph is suspended for this one.

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On the other side, Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have a ton of fitness concerns to stress over. A late fitness test is in the cards for James Milner, who missed wins over Newcastle and Arsenal due to a hamstring issue. And of course you still have the long-term injury absentees:

Joe Gomez (fractured leg), Joel Matip (broken collarbone), Rhian Brewster (ankle injury) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (multiple knee ligament damage).

Liverpool at Manchester City FYIs

Kick-off:  8:00 pm (BST), 3:00 pm (EST) Thursday January 3, City of Manchester Stadium

Google Result Probability: Manchester City win- 47%, Draw 26%, Liverpool win- 27%

Odds via Bet365: Manchester City 21/20, draw 29/10, Liverpool 5/2

Recent form: Liverpool- WWWWWW Manchester City- WLWLLW

Manager Press Conference Videos and Quotes: coming tomorrow

Starting XI Predictions for both teams: Liverpool   Manchester City 

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Prediction: City 2, Liverpool 2

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation. 

He also contributes sociopolitical essays to Chicago NowFollow him on Twitter and Instagram. The content of his cat’s Instagram account is unquestionably superior to his.

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  1. Frank Agbogwu says

    MAN CITY LOSTIT AT ANFIELD WHEN MAHREZ LOST THAT PENALTY AND AT ETIHAD WHEN CRYSTAL PALACE SHOCK THE FOOTBALLING WORLD WITH A WIN. LIVERPOOL HAS EVERYTHING GOING FOR THEM. THE PENALTY MISS GAVE THEM 1POINT, THE WIN AGAINST EVARTON WAS ANOTHER THREE POINTWHERE THE GAME WENT INTO 7 MINUITES OF EXTRA TIME INSTEAD OF THE 3 MINUITES ANS THEY SCORED IN THE 6 MINUITE. MAN CITY ALLOWED ALL THAT DEEP IN DECEMBER DUE TO COMPLACENCY AND A MORE HUNGRY YTEAM LIKE LIVERPOOL TOOK THE ADVANTAGE. FROM 2 POINTS BEHIND TO 7 POINTS ABOVE MEANING 9 POINTS GAINED, WE WATCH THE REST GAMES AND SEE

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