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Manchester City training set to start against Liverpool

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Liverpool vs Manchester City has been a pivotal fixture in the Premier League title race for a few seasons now, although Sunday’s clash has a very different feel.

Pep Guardiola’s side have the opportunity to end the Reds’ title hopes, with a victory for City leaving the champions ten points behind first place.

However, a win at Liverpool would leave them just four points behind City – not to mention giving them much needed momentum – and Guardiola will no doubt be desperate not to allow Klopp’s side to regain their foothold in the race. to the Premier League crown.

Here’s how City might start the game.

John Stones, Ruben Dias
Stones and Dias have been superb this season | Gareth Copley / Getty Images

Ederson (GK) – Probably called for a lot more action than it has been in City’s last games against Burnley and Sheffield United.

Joao Cancelo (RB) – The Portugal international has become a key player for City this season. His ability to move into midfield when his team is in possession has left a number of opposition managers struggling to adjust to City’s fluidity.

John Stones (CB) – Enjoying a superb rebirth of his career in the city. It looks like the shadow of the fragile player we’ve seen in recent seasons and seems to be enjoying his role alongside Ruben Dias.

Ruben Dias (CB) – Guardiola was keen to congratulate his entire squad when he discussed City’s new defensive solidarity this week, although he couldn’t help but praise Dias’ contribution. His leadership skills and ability to sense danger have undoubtedly contributed to their impressive form in recent times.

Aymeric Laporte (LB) – Started left-back against Burnley and performed well. The same could be asked for at Anfield in a bid to reduce Liverpool’s flying full-backs.

Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan arguably best City player this season | Alex Livesey – Danehouse / Getty Images

Rodri (DM) – The former Atletico Madrid man has only missed one Premier League outing this season and he appears to be settling into his role as City midfielder after initially struggling to adjust to life in English football.

Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – The Germany international has been one of City’s most notable players this campaign and his ball ability will be enormous in the absence of midfielder maestro Kevin De Bruyne.

Bernardo Silva (CM) – Having recently reinstated a midfielder three, Silva looks a lot more like the player we’ve grown accustomed to since signing for City in 2017. His cunning and pace of work could play a big part in determining which midfielder comes out in head to Anfield.

Phil foden
Phil Foden rested midweek against Burnley | Michael Regan / Getty Images

Phil Foden (RW) – Having been named an unused substitute for the win over Burnley, Foden will likely have his chance from the start ahead of Riyad Mahrez.

Gabriel Jesus (ST) – The Brazilian hasn’t really claimed his status as City’s main man in the absence of Sergio Aguero, although two goals in his last two games have boosted his confidence ahead of this massive clash.

Raheem Sterling (LW) – Another who ended up on the scoresheet midweek and could be the key to testing Liverpool’s backline with injuries.

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