It’s no longer the pinnacle of the title race, but it’s still a superb display for the Premier League. Manchester City, 2nd at 8 points from Arsenal (with one game less), receives Liverpool, 6th at 7 lengths from Tottenham and the Top 4 qualifier for the C1 (with two games less). For the kick-off at 1:30 p.m. at the Etihad Stadium, this clash will start without a few headliners: Haaland and Foden on the Citizens side, Thiago Alcantara and Luis Diaz on the Reds side.
For this match, Guardiola lines up Alvarez in the lead in the absence of Haaland, package. Mahrez and Grealish surround him. De Bruyne, Gundogan and Rodrigo form the midfield ahead of the hinge Akanji-Dias. Aké is on the left side, Stones on the right side. On the Reds side, Klopp lines up a midfield made up of Fabinho, Henderson and Elliott. Nunez starts on the bench, Jota is preferred to him on the left side, associated with Gakpo at the forefront and Salah on the right side. Van Dijk and Konaté form the hinge, surrounded by Alexander-Arnold and Robertson.
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Manchester City: Ederson – Stones, Akanji, Dias, Aké – Gundogan (cap.), Rodrigo, De Bruyne – Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish
Liverpool: Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson – Henderson (cap.), Fabinho, Elliott – Salah, Gakpo, Jota