Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is fit but David Silva will not be risked.
Fabian Delph and Pablo Zabaleta have trained this week and could feature, but Vincent Kompany, Wilfried Bony and Samir Nasri are ruled out.
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is set to replace the injured Mamadou Sakho, while Jordon Ibe and James Milner are fit despite missing international duty.
Manager Jurgen Klopp will make a late decision on whether to include fit-again striker Daniel Sturridge.
Sturridge has not played under Klopp and has only managed 242 minutes all season because of hip and knee injuries.
Editor’s Note: No doubt the biggest Premier League clash of the weekend sees leaders Manchester City entertain Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp. City who did everything but score in their draw away at Aston Villa before the break will count themselves slightly lucky that Arsenal also dropped points that day and didn’t manage to become outright leaders at the top of the Premier League table.
They seemed to have run out of fit strikers once Wilifred Bony went off injured at Villa Park but thankfully their main man returns tomorrow evening. Sergio Aguero’s last game for Manchester City was when he ran rampant over Newcastle and bagged an astonishing 5 goal haul at The Etihad. The big question will be whether Aguero will need time to get back up to match fitness or whether he can hit the ground running and add more goals to his account this season, City fans will certainly be hoping it’s the latter.
Talking of fit strikers Daniel Sturridge is also in line for a recall to the side but still has to prove his fitness to Jurgen Klopp, so don’t be too surprised if he features from the bench tomorrow evening. Liverpool were bested by Crystal Palace before the break as Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten run came to an end. They were outplayed by Palace that afternoon so for all the highs of going to Stamford Bridge and beating Chelsea, the work Klopp has to do is very much a work in progress.
I think Man City will have the edge tomorrow and that’s not forgetting the sub plot of Raheem Sterling facing his former club for the first time. Imagine if he was to get the winner?