Liverpool make the short trip to Manchester on Saturday afternoon as they look to get the better of Pep Guardiola’s side. The Reds picked up a massive victory over Arsenal prior to the international break but will the time away from the league affect progress?
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The big news for Liverpool this weekend is of course the return of Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian has been back in training but earlier today (I completely missed this news as you’ll see from Twitter haha) Klopp announced that Couts would not be in the team for tomorrow’s clash.
It remains to be seen how the whole saga will pan out but to be honest I think it’s in everyone’s interest to just put it behind us. Coutinho’s too good to leave to rot on the bench or in reserves and if he goes next year then so be it, let’s squeeze some goals out of him first.
Other team news for the Reds means Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could get his first minutes clocked up in a Liverpool shirt on Saturday. Nathaniel Clyne remains out with a long term injury and Adam Lallana is also unavailable.
For City, Vincent Kompany who has a calf issue will not make the game and also somewhat ironically, Raheem Sterling is suspended for this one. Karma.
The last time the two sides met was in March this year. The gamed ended 1-1 with James Milner converting from the spot for the Reds. Liverpool have put in some strong performances against City in recent years but this tie has still been a tough fixture at the Etihad. The Manchester side have won three out of the last six fixtures on their home turf in the league.
This clash has also resulted in masses of goals of late. In fact, since December 2013 a total of 26 goals have been scored in this fixture in the league.
“Every time I play Jurgen’s teams I learn a lot. Top manager, top club, top players. It will be a nice game tomorrow.” – Pep Guardiola
I think we’re gonna win tomorrow, after the victory over Arsenal and the sheer intensity in our attack, I just feel like we have enough ammo to get the better of City. Liverpool always play better against the bigger sides and whilst playing City away from home is never going to be an easy fixture I still think the Reds will rise to the occasion.
Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!
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Source: The Liver Bird