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Key Duo Ruled Out: Predicted Liverpool 4-3-3 Line-Up To Face Man City
Liverpool will be looking to give their title challenge a major boost when they entertain Manchester City at Anfield on New Year’s Eve. Here is the side I think Jurgen Klopp will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet is back in favour after Klopp dropped Loris Karius three games ago and the Belgian international hasn’t really put a foot wrong so I expect him to keep his place on Saturday.
Defence: Klopp confirmed at his pre-match press conference earlier today that Joel Matip won’t feature against City this weekend as he’s still nursing a niggling ankle injury that’s kept him out of the last three matches.
Therefore, I don’t think we’ll see any changes at the back with Ragnar Klavan continuing alongside Dejan Lovren while Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner will occupy the full-back positions.
Midfield: Erme Can is pushing for a start after making his comeback from injury off the bench over the past two games but I think Klopp may be tempted to stick with the same midfield that faced Stoke on Tuesday.
That means Gini Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana keeping their places alongside Jordan Henderson in the middle of the park.
Attack: Daniel Sturridge could be set for a recall against City after coming off the bench to score the fourth during a 4-1 win over Stoke last time out with Divock Origi the man most likely to make way.
Philippe Coutinho has once again been ruled out by Klopp as he’s still not fully recovered from ankle ligament damage so Roberto Firmino is expected to continue on the left with Sadio Mane on the opposite side of attack.
Here is how we think Liverpool will line up: