Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Martin Keown predicts Manchester City v Liverpool

Martin Keown predicts Manchester City v Liverpool

The Brazil worldwide is preparing to report back to Melwood as Liverpool gear up for their Premier League clash against Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime.

They definitely have the wood over City recently, going unbeaten in their last six meetings.

Guardiola would have been hoping to have Alexis Sanchez in his squad against a team they have traditionally struggled against, but the Chilean's move fell through on transfer deadline day with City now having to wait till he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.

Manchester City and Liverpool will face each other at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League this weekend.

So, if the aforementioned pair are to make it into Liverpool's starting XI, how might Klopp's team look?

Defensively, though, Liverpool were weak in both legs against Hoffenheim; they could easily have conceded more than three goals in the tie.

Liverpool have collected seven points from their opening three matches to sit second in the table and spark talk of a possible Premier League title challenge. Klopp rested Simon Mignolet against Arsene Wenger's side, but is still likely to start the Belgian goalkeeper ahead of Loris Karius against City.

Asked if he spoke with Coutinho, Klopp replied: "Of course - all good, all good".

Barcelona will find it even harder to land Coutinho in the January transfer window.

Nathaniel Clyne is still nursing a hamstring injury that's set to keep him out for several weeks so he won't be involved for a while.

Despite missing the opening games of the season with a ghost back injury that didn't somehow prevent him from making two appearances for Brazil in global duty this past week, Coutinho has now returned to Melwood and is expected to be available for selection during Liverpool's fixture against Manchester City at the weekend.

The club's medical team are assessing the problem and while the injury is not expected to be serious, Manchester City are not keen to risk the club captain's health given his recent bloated injury record.

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