(Reuters/NAN) Liverpool face an uphill activity in spite having a practical hope of disrupting Manchester City’s unbeaten run within the English Premier League (EPL) once they meet on Sunday following the exit of play-maker Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian midfield maestro accomplished a 142 million-pound ($192 million) transfer to Barcelona on Monday, which means Juergen Klopp’s “fab four” up entrance is now only a three.
Unbeaten City are 15 factors clear on the prime of the desk, having scored extra objectives than anyone with 64, however fourth-placed Liverpool come second on that depend with 50.
Klopp’s aspect are unbeaten in 17 video games in all competitions since they had been thrashed Four-1 by Tottenham on Oct. 22.
Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah is ready to return from damage and he and Sadio Mane are prone to play both aspect of striker Roberto Firmino.
Although Coutinho will now not have the ability to present the trio with ammunition, they nonetheless have the velocity and guile to hassle Pep Guardiola’s aspect on the again.
Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer believes the Reds can get at City’s protection.
“We know Manchester City’s quality, we know that they’re running away with (the league) at the minute, but I think, on their day, Liverpool can match anybody,” McAteer informed the Liverpool web site.
“They’re so good going ahead. You’ve obtained to be (cautious) of the attacking prowess that they’ve obtained, however there are areas of weak spot.
“If you can get in between the lines and at the two centre-halves, which I feel we can, then there are chances and goals there.”
City, nonetheless, will look to repeat their dominant 5-Zero victory over Liverpool on the Etihad in September, though they are going to be with out injured striker Gabriel Jesus, who scored a brace that day.
This time they may have Virgil van Dijk of their approach with the Liverpool defender set to make his Premier League debut after his transfer from Southampton.
Van Dijk loved a dramatic debut for his new staff within the FA Cup, scoring late on towards Everton to earn Liverpool a derby victory.
City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne stated his staff would simply deal with their very own efficiency.
“We go there to win the sport, “he stated.
“They can have a really robust staff they usually need to be there for the Champions League (locations).
“We just try to do the things that we do well and then we will see what happens.”
Second-placed Manchester United host Stoke City on Monday, the guests at the moment and not using a coach after sacking Mark Hughes following their FA Cup defeat by League Two Coventry City.
Coach Eddie Niedzwiecki is in non permanent cost of the staff for the journey to Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho’s aspect anxious to maintain forward of the chasing pack behind Manchester City.
The Portuguese has been embroiled in a confrontation with Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, whose aspect host Leicester City on Saturday, when a victory would see them provisionally transfer above United into second.
Tottenham host Everton on Saturday and Arsenal journey to Bournemouth on Sunday.
Crystal Palace face Burnley, Huddersfield meet West Ham United and Newcastle United entertain Swansea City in different weekend matches.