Liverpool head to the Etihad with Jurgen Klopp having selection dilemmas ahead of this Sunday’s game.
The Reds will go into this weekend’s game full of confidence after going top of the league last weekend. That 2-1 win against West Ham saw the Reds take a two-point lead at the top.
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However, their opponents will also be very confident of getting a result this Sunday. Pep Guardiola’s side hasn’t lost a game since their 5-2 home defeat to Leicester City on the 27th September. That marks a run of eight games unbeaten in all competitions.
It was honours even last season in the league meetings between these two sides. The Reds cruised to a 3-1 win at Anfield, whilst City got their revenge winning 4-0 at the Etihad.
With this game likely to give a stronger idea of who will the league this season, how will Jurgen Klopp line his team up?
Rhys Williams, Nat Philips or Joel Matip?
At the beginning of the season, if someone had told you that Klopp had these three players to pick from, many would have laughed. However, this is the reality Jurgen Klopp currently finds himself in.
The dilemma Klopp then faces is: does he go with his two youngsters who have really impressed in the games they have featured in? Or does he go with the experience of Joel Matip, who is only just coming back from the injury he picked up in the Merseyside derby?
Does Klopp go back to trusted midfield three of Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum?
The answer to who Klopp plays alongside Joe Gomez will provide the answer to this question. If Joel Matip was to start that may give Naby Kieta a chance to prove himself in a big game.
However, the selection of either Philips or Williams could see Klopp take a more cautious approach. The lack of experience mixed with the brilliance of Kevin De Bruyne could see Klopp go back to his tried and tested midfield three.
It is worth remembering that midfield three did beat Man City home and away in the Champions League back in 2018.
Bobby Firmino or Diogo Jota?
It goes without saying the Brazilian’s form has been below what we have come to expect from the striker. Liverpool’s number nine only managed nine goals in the league last season, with this season not starting any better with just one goal after seven games.
On the flip side, Diogo Jota has come in and looked like Klopp player since day one. The winger has scored seven goals in 10 games in all competitions. However, it was his performance against Atalanta that has added fuel to this argument.
Does Klopp go for Firmino? who has served him well in big games, or does he go for the inform Diogo Jota.