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Liverpool roster set to start against Man City

Liverpool will host Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon in a close battle between two of the Premier League’s top four.

Liverpool’s nightmare in 2021 did not improve when they were stunned by Brighton midweek to lose a second straight home game after being previously unbeaten at 68. But the win in this one at the half of this collapse will reduce the gap with the top of the table to just four points.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been wiped out with injuries this season, but some key players could return for this one, while there could be at least a start as well.

Here is a preview of the starting XI that the manager could choose …

Fabinho, Ashley Barnes
Fabinho’s return would be an essential boost in defense | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Alisson (GK): It was good enough to resume training on Friday after a bout of illness, working out individually to get back into shape. One would expect him to return to his place from Caoimhin Kelleher, a local stand-in.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB): It has been a tough season for the Liverpool star after a career year in 2019/20 in which he announced himself as world class.

Fabinho (CB): The Brazilian’s expected return is a welcome boost as Klopp is desperate to bring Jordan Henderson back to midfield but has said he doesn’t want to throw his two new center-backs together.

Ben Davies (CB): It is a baptism of fire for that of the new central defenders of Liverpool who obtains the nod of the head. Ozan Kabak has obtained international clearance, but Davies is more experienced as a professional and is at least used to English football.

Andy Robertson (LB): The Scot continues to give it his all and is perhaps one of the very first names on the roster ahead of one of the attacking superstars.

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Klopp is desperate to bring Jordan Henderson back to midfield | Pool / Getty Images

Jordan Henderson (CM): The captain will give the defending champions better form and more strength in midfield if the situation at the back allows him to return to his usual role.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM): Still one of Liverpool’s most influential players, but there is a very real possibility that he is nearing the end of his time at the club as his contract expires.

Thiago Alcantara (CM): It makes no sense that more than half of his first season the former Bayern Munich star has yet to win at Anfield. Will it finally be this one? If Liverpool are to win, it is crucial that they are at their peak.

Sadio mane
Sadio Mane could be back after two eliminated games | Marc Atkins / Getty Images

Mohamed salah (RW): The Egyptian king is still the Premier League’s top scorer this season, although a brace against West Ham is his only league goals since Christmas.

Roberto Firmino (ST): The Brazilian has contributed directly to goals in eight Premier League games this season and Liverpool have won seven, so it is essential that he is at the races.

Sadio Mane (LW): It might still be unclear if he’s fit enough to come back from the start after missing the last two games with injury, but the Senegal international has at least returned to training with the squad since. Friday.

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