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How Liverpool could line up against Manchester City

Sports Mole looks at how leaders Liverpool could line up for their crucial Premier League showdown with champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool's unbeaten record this season will face its most stringent test on Thursday when they take on champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Jurgen Klopp's side go into the game sitting seven points clear of City following a very fruitful Christmas period for them, winning each of their last nine Premier League outings.

The Reds have scored nine goals in their last two as well, and they know that another victory in their opening match of 2019 would put a 10-point gap between them and their main title rivals.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how the visitors could line up for the mouth-watering showdown.



Possible LIV XI vs. MNC

Out: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Joel Matip (shoulder), Joe Gomez (leg), Dominic Solanke (groin)
Doubtful: James Milner (hamstring)

Klopp has largely resisted the temptation to rotate his side during the busy festive period, but he does have a number of players pushing for a start on Thursday.

Among those is captain Jordan Henderson, who will be hoping to return to the starting XI for such a big match, although the recent performances of Fabinho - and the likely availability of James Milner after a hamstring issue - gives Klopp other options.

Georginio Wijnaldum's early withdrawal against Arsenal suggests that he will start once again in this match, and Klopp could also hand a start to Naby Keita in place of Xherdan Shaqiri, with the midfielder's dynamism likely to be important against City.

The back four is likely to be unchanged with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez still sidelined, while the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will also stay untouched.

> Click here to see how Man City could line up for this fixture

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Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring against Newcastle United on December 26, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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