Liverpool Team News, Starting XI Prediction vs Manchester City

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After another frustrating night on Wednesday, Liverpool look to rebound Sunday when they host league leaders Manchester City. Liverpool sit seven points behind City, and the Manchester club have a game in hand as well.

The Reds need a win if they have any hope of still retaining the title this season.The mini-war of words between Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp obviously adds another layer of spice to this match-up. There is good news for Liverpool in that they should have some key pieces back from injury on Sunday. 

(For the Manchester City starting XI prediction and team news go here)

Goalkeeper

Alisson was a late scratch on Wednesday after coming down with an illness. Caoimhin Kelleher filled in, and conceded a fluke goal in the second half that pinged off three different players before crossing the line. Alisson trained on Friday, and assuming things don’t get worse, he will return to the line-up Sunday.

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Defense

There could be a double boost in the Liverpool back line Sunday. Fabinho is back in training after missing three matches due to a muscle injury. He is likely to start.

Sunday could also see the debut of Ozan Kabak, who came via loan on Monday. It will be a tough first game to get acclimated, but Liverpool brought him in for games like this. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson haven’t been at their consistent best over the past month, but are big difference makers. They need to be at their best Sunday.

Midfield

If Fabinho is back, that allows Jordan Henderson to slide back into his more familiar midfield role. Gini Wijnaldum and Thiago are likely to start as well. Naby Keita is back in training, meaning for the first time all season, Jurgen Klopp will have all his midfielders available for selection.

Attack

Sadio Mane is back in training after missing the last two matches. He seems in line to get the start on Sunday alongside Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, but if he can’t go Xherdan Shaqiri will slide in.

Liverpool failed to get anything going on Wednesday against Brighton, and have struggled against compact, defensive teams. City are likely to play more open, and hopefully that aids Liverpool.

Predicted Starting XI (4-3-3): Alisson, Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Ozan Kabak, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah

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  1. Seems a good selection. City are beatable but the Reds will have to give 110%.
    YNWA.

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