31 Dec 2016

Confirmed Team News: Massive Liverpool boost; Boss confirms 'world-class' £55m attacker is 'back'

It's crunch time! Liverpool face Manchester City at Anfield today, and victory will solidify the Reds' hold on second place in the league.

Ahead of the game, there is a wealth of confirmed team news already:

* Klopp on Coutinho: "The City game for sure is too early, and I'm pretty sure the Sunderland game is too early too".

* LFC statement on Matip: "Liverpool are without the services of Joel Matip again as he continues to recover from an ankle issue".

* Guardiola on Aguero: “He is ready. He came back good from Argentina. Finally, he came back after four games ban and we are happy he is back”.

* Guardiola on injuries: "Vincent [Kompany] and Leroy [Sane] will not be available to play. John [Stones] is much, much better".

Prior to his recent injury, Man City won just two out of twelve games with Stones in the team (conceding a ridiculous 20 goals in the process), so fingers crossed he's in the starting lineup :-)

The absence of Kompany and Sane is a massive boost for Liverpool, but that's tempered by the return of £55m-rated Aguero, which is (potentially) a major blow. After his 4-game ban, the Argentine striker is obviously well-rested, and he'll be chomping at the bit to get back on the scoresheet.

Predicting a 1-1 draw for the game, Reds legend Mark Lawrenson singled out Yaya Toure as a ' big player who will play a big part for City at Anfield', and suggested that Liverpool may struggle to win the game:

"I always feel with Manchester City going into games like this that their big players will produce. I am going for a draw. We know how good Liverpool are going forward, but I think City will pose a threat too".

Should Klopp name an unchanged team for the fourth game in a row, or is Daniel Sturridge sue a first-team return?

* Oct 2016: Aguero hailed as 'world-class' by Alan Shearer.


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