Date: 25th September 2017 at 11:12am
Written by:

John Forrest

Manchester City’s last game before the international break saw them scrape a fortuitous 1-0 victory over Bournemouth. The game saw Raheem Sterling receive a second yellow card for his goal scoring celebration which means that he will not be available for this game.

Kyle Walker is now available after serving a one-match suspension while captain Vincent Company will face a late fitness test after picking up an injury whilst playing for Belgium in mid-week.

Ilkay Gundogan is unlikely to return as he may still be lacking match fitness following a long-term knee injury although he has returned to full training.

Liverpool’s previous game saw them rout Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield and will hope to continue their impressive record of wins against the top teams with a victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Although playing for his country in midweek Phillipe Coutinho will not travel with his Liverpool team-mates with Klopp feeling that he is not match fit.

With Jordan Henderson, Emre Caan and Georgino Wijnaldum all in fine form this may leave new boy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench unless Klopp plays him out of his favourite position of midfield.

Loris Karius could well keep his place in goal despite the nervous antics he displayed against Arsenal but was rarely troubled.

However, the right-back position is still up for grabs with Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander- Arnold vying for the role.

The other position Klopp must decide on is the left-back position with Alberto Moreno likely to edge out new signing Andrew Robertson having favoured the Spaniard in recent games.

Liverpool have a good record against Manchester City in recent years. Of the last 5 meetings Liverpool have come out on top with 4 wins. Furthermore, under Klopp, Liverpool are unbeaten.

Manchester City, meanwhile, last beat Liverpool in the 2014/15 season with a 3-1 home victory.