Liverpool get opposite injury news to Man City with five set to return for Etihad clash


Liverpool are set to be boosted by the return of five key players when they visit an injury ravaged Manchester City next Saturday.

The Reds will kick-off just a single point behind the champions, with the title race beginning to take shape. And Jurgen Klopp's team are unbeaten in five Premier League games since losing at Tottenham in controversial fashion on September 30.

And the current availability news for the two teams ahead of the clash could not be more contrasting. Klopp already knew he'd be welcoming back midfielder Alexis Mac Allister after he sat out the win over Brentford with suspension.

Also absent from that 3-0 victory at Anfield were Joe Gomez and Ibrahima Konate. The latter also withdrew from the French squad for the international break, but according to This is Anfield both players are to be declared fit for the trip to the champions.

Ryan Gravenberch is also due to return following a knee problem, while Curtis Jones is also back in the mix for selection following hamstring problems. But while Klopp may now have the correct kind selection headaches, Guardiola will be lamenting the lack of key personnel.

John Stones' ongoing muscle problem resulted in Gareth Southgate leaving him out of the squad for Friday's win over Malta and Monday's trip to North Macedonia, with Guardiola previously implying the defender would be assessed during the international break. Dutch centre-back Nathan Ake has been another to skip the Euro 2024 qualifiers this week.

Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes also haven't joined up with the Croatia and Portugal squads respectively, while Kevin de Bruyne is still sidelined following his hamstring operation. And now City have been potentially hit with another hammer blow following Norway's 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands on Thursday.

Erling Haaland went down injured during the clash, and has since been ruled out of the trip to Scotland on Sunday. Team doctor Ola Sand has since revealed tests will be needed to reveal the extent of the damage.

Haaland was struck 13 times in the league this season, ahead of Mo Salah on 10. The Norwegian has featured in all 12 of City's top-flight games in the 2023/24 campaign.

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