Liverpool travel to the Etihad on Sunday to take on Manchester City in the prime time match of the day. This will no doubt be labeled as a potential top four decider. The two sides will come in differing moods. Liverpool are on the back of two wins in a row.
Manchester City come off the heels of a 3-1 defeat in Monaco that saw them bounced from the Champions League on Wednesday. Here’s how Liverpool should line up at kick-off:
Goalkeeper- Simon Mignolet:
The Belgian should retain his spot after some relatively solid performances of late.
Defense- Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner:
the defence that played in the 2-1 win over Burnley should remain intact. Clyne is always solid, Matip is becoming a force, Klavan is starting to settle in, and Milner is just doing what he does. No sense in changing it up here.
Midfield- Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Gini Wijnaldum:
midfield likely won’t be changed here as Liverpool don’t have many options. Without Henderson, there’s no other choice besides Kevin Stewart, so Emre Can will likely play. They’ve looked much better with Lallana in midfield, and Wijnaldum has really stepped up of late.
Attack- Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino:
The front line should remain largely the same as well for this match. Mane has been a breath of fresh air for them on the right, and Coutinho has been the best option from the left despite some lackluster play of late. Firmino comes back in because Origi didn’t do quite enough to retain his spot.