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Robertson starts as Laporte shifted to left-back for Man City

The popular Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) could be set for an interesting indvidual battle with Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte (£5.9m) tonight.

The Egyptian features in the front three of Liverpool’s 4-3-3 formation, while versatile Frenchman Laporte has been handed the left-back berth for the first time this season with Fabian Delph (5.3m) suspended. It is unclear as yet which Reds option will be going up against Laporte directly, with Salah, Roberto Firmino (£9.1m) and Sadio Mané (£9.5m) all likely to drift to his flank on occasion in Liverpool’s fluid attack.

That means a start at centre-back for both Vincent Kompany (£5.2m) and John Stones (£5.2m), while Danilo (£5.1m) appears to remain ahead of the benched Kyle Walker (£6.4m) at right-back, starting for the third match in a row.

Sergio Aguero (£11.2m) is back in the line-up for the first time in a home Premier League match since Gameweek 12. He could be the difference tonight having averaged 9.6 points in matches at the Eithad Stadium this season.

Meanwhile, reports that Andrew Robertson (£6.6m) had not travelled with the Liverpool squad were quashed by the fact that the Scottish international was named in the side for the big match. His individual match-up with Raheem Sterling (£11.3m) could easily be a defining factor in the contest.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.1m) has been entrusted with keeping Leroy Sané (£9.5m) under wraps on the opposite flank.

It’s Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m), James Milner (£5.6m) and Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) in central midfield for Liverpool, with Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.1m), Fabinho (£5.5m) and Naby Keita (£7.2m) waiting on the bench.

Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m) and Kevin de Bruyne (£9.7m) come through their injury doubts to be named as substitutes for Manchester City.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Laporte, Stones, Kompany, Danilo; D Silva, Fernandinho, B Silva; Sané, Aguero, Sterling.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

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1,758 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Monkey Hanger
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Klopp, 'we lost the game the game because they scored two and we scored one'. Genius insight.

    1. Scratch
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Michal Owen in disguise

    2. Zladan
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 15 days ago


  2. Sun Jihai
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Was planning to get a City midfielder in for Son, but probably going to keep Son for the Utd game as I think that has lots of goals in, so for GW23. Who would you prefer?

    A) Sane
    B) KDB (assuming fit)
    C) Dilva
    D) Bilva

    1. Zladan
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 15 days ago

      I’m not going near City mids again for a while. Sane burned me.

      I think Kun is the one to go for from City. Best minutes per goal in league.

      1. SMEE_HEEE
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 15 days ago

        mins per goal is a bit misleading

        if he is getting taken off after 60 he is going to struggle to get more than 6 points even when he scores

        7 points from 90 is better than 6 from 60 even though the latter wins on "mins per goal"

        1. Zladan
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 15 days ago

          Absolutely. When he was being taken off after 60 minutes that’s because he was nursing an injury, which eventually kept him out for 4.5 matches.

          I think we’ll start seeing more 90 mins out of him now that he’s recovered. Looked very up for it today.

  3. endy919
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Arnie or Jimenez ?