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Preview: Liverpool vs Man City potential lineups, Salah back but Konate absent ahead of Premier League match…



Ahead of the highly anticipated Premier League match between Liverpool and Man City, both teams have revealed their potential lineups. Liverpool will be boosted by the return of Salah, who is set to feature in the game. However, they will be without the services of Konate, who is absent due to undisclosed reasons.


Liverpool and Man City are set to reveal their starting lineups for the upcoming Premier League match, with Salah making a return but Konate facing concerns.


The clash between the two top teams promises to be an exciting one, as only a single point separates them in the current season standings.


Arsenal also has the potential to shake up the rankings before the highly anticipated match kicks off at Anfield.


While Klopp and Guardiola may still face off in the FA Cup final this year, this highly anticipated match over the weekend will mark the final clash between the two in the Premier League with valuable points at stake, not to mention the control of the title race.


Thanks to their recent historic Premier League victory, which stands as the 10th latest winning goal in the competition’s history since data has been available, the current crown belongs to Liverpool. Darwin Nunez’s extraordinary 99th-minute header against Nottingham Forest last weekend secured Liverpool’s first Premier League win at the City Ground.


The legitimacy of Liverpool’s winning goal has sparked debate, as referee Paul Tierney made an incorrect drop-ball decision according to the laws of the game. While Nottingham Forest players and staff expressed their frustration at full time, Liverpool celebrated maintaining their one-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table.


However, if Arsenal manages to defeat Brentford on Saturday, Klopp’s side will be pushed down to the second-place position. Additionally, Liverpool will return to Merseyside after a challenging but rewarding trip to the Czech Republic, where they dominated Sparta Prague with a resounding 5-1 victory in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 encounter.


Liverpool’s recent domination at Anfield continued with their victory over the Maroons, making it their seventh consecutive win in all competitions since their defeat to Arsenal last month. The Reds have also maintained an impressive winning streak at home, remaining unbeaten in 29 straight fixtures since their loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League over a year ago.


In six of their last seven matches at Anfield, Liverpool have scored at least three goals against their opponents. However, they have only managed to keep one clean sheet in their last nine home games. With Manchester City in equally good form, they have the potential to spoil Liverpool’s party.


Manchester City started March with two high-profile Premier League matches, including a shock defeat to Manchester United last weekend. Despite this setback, Phil Foden (two goals) and Erling Haaland, who redeemed himself after a glaring miss, led City to a comeback victory as expected.


Manchester City has emerged victorious in 16 of their last 17 matches in various competitions, with five consecutive wins under their belt. This impressive streak began after a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa in December, leading to a remarkable 10-game winning streak away from home for the reigning Premier League champions. The previous encounter between Manchester City and Liverpool ended in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium, extending City’s unbeaten run against Liverpool to three matches. However, Liverpool has only suffered one defeat in their last 20 Premier League home games against City, with that loss occurring in February 2021 in an empty stadium without the intimidating Anfield atmosphere.


Liverpool’s dominant victory over Sparta in the Europa League marked the return of Mohamed Salah after his second muscle injury this year. Despite having a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside, Salah’s impressive performance has earned him a spot in the starting lineup for the first time since New Year’s Day.


However, Liverpool will still be without eight players for their upcoming match. Ben Doak, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Stefan Bajcetic, Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones, and Ryan Gravenberch are all unavailable. Additionally, young attacker Jayden Danns suffered a concussion and may not be cleared to play.


During the second half of their triumph, Klopp was forced to substitute Ibrahima Konate due to an unspecified issue. The severity of his condition will determine his availability for Sunday’s game, making it a last-minute decision.


Guardiola decided to play it safe by not risking Jeremy Doku due to muscular issues, making him doubtful for the upcoming match at Anfield.


Meanwhile, Jack Grealish is confirmed to be out with a groin injury. If Doku is unable to play, Julian Alvarez, who scored against Copenhagen, will be ready to step in. Foden, Walker, Silva, De Bruyne, and Ake were rested in the previous game, ensuring they are fresh for the weekend.


Matheus Nunes suffered a dislocated finger but quickly had it put back in place, although he would likely have been on the bench regardless.


Here are the possible starting lineups for Liverpool and Manchester City:



Kelleher; Bradley, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Szoboszlai, Endo, Mac Allister; Salah, Nunez, Diaz


Manchester City:

Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Foden, Haaland, Alvarez.