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How Manchester City could line up against Liverpool

Sports Mole looks at how champions Manchester City could line up for their mouth-watering Premier League showdown with unbeaten leaders Liverpool.

The biggest match of the Premier League season so far comes just three days into 2019 when Manchester City host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.

The champions sit seven points adrift of the unbeaten league leaders and know that a fourth defeat in the space of six matches would see that deficit grow to double figures.

However, victory would take them to within four points of Jurgen Klopp's side, so it could be a make-or-break contest for City.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Pep Guardiola could line his side up for the match.



Possible MNC XI vs. LIV

Out: Benjamin Mendy (knee), Fabian Delph (suspended), Claudio Bravo (Achilles), Eliaquim Mangala (knee)
Doubtful: Kevin De Bruyne (muscle), Ilkay Gundogan (unspecified)

City could be without Kevin De Bruyne for a second successive game after he was ruled out of the win over Southampton due to a minor muscle problem.

The Belgian will face a late fitness test ahead of this match, but should he not recover in time then Guardiola may stick with Bernardo Silva and David Silva, who linked up for the opening goal at St Mary's.

Fernandinho made a welcome return for the champions in that match and is expected to start again, despite Ilkay Gundogan being in contention after missing out against the Saints.

Leroy Sane is pushing for a recall along with the likes of Kyle Walker and John Stones, but Guardiola has depth throughout his squad with the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Nicolas Otamendi also in contention to feature.

One area where City do find themselves a little short at the moment is left-back with Benjamin Mendy injured and Fabian Delph suspended, but Oleksandr Zinchenko is available once again.

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

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David Silva celebrates scoring Manchester City's third goal against Southampton on November 4, 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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