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Liverpool’s squad arrive in Manchester after late injury shock ahead of title showdown

Liverpool faced a late injury scare from Roberto Firmino ahead of the big showdown for the Premier League title before traveling to Manchester to face Man City

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Jurgen Klopp looks back on Man City clash

Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool players have arrived in Manchester ahead of what could be a crucial day First League title race.

The reds take over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium with just a point separating the two sides despite their preparations being disrupted by an injury scare with Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian who in the second leg at AnfieldHe was not seen at the first-team training session on Friday.

However, Firmino was among those who arrived at the Hyatt Hotel ahead of Sunday’s blockbuster game. Liverpool could well be at full strength for the clash but that doesn’t mean Klopp doesn’t have to make difficult decisions.

The two teams have shared the last two Premier League titles Liverpool triumphed in 2019-20 and City reclaimed their title the following year. “The consistency that both teams have shown over time is insane,” said Kloppwith his team finishing second in 2018-19 despite 97 points.

“We know it’s tough,” he added, “what has changed in four years is everyone else thinks it’s tough.”

The teams have previously met at Anfield this season, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scoring in a 2-2 draw for Liverpool. Salah was among those arriving at the Hyatt Hotel in Manchester, while Firmino’s presence indicated he has overcome his fear.

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Salah was spotted arriving with fellow striker Diogo Jota
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Firmino was present after a bad luck with injury
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One man Liverpool were unable to fall back on in the second leg is Luis Diaz. The Colombian has been a goalkeeper since arriving from Porto in January and joined his team-mates as they continued their preparations for the showdown.

Diaz was praised by Gary Lineker after the goal in the last Champions League Away win at Benfica with the pundit calling his goal ‘outstanding’. It was his third goal for the Merseyside club after efforts in league wins over Norwich and Brighton.

Another member of the Reds’ intimidating front line, Senegalese striker Mane, was also spotted. the previous southampton They were sent off in an away defeat by City in 2017 but scored against Pep Guardiola’s side in 2019 and 2021.







Mane scored a goal in the second leg of that season
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Diaz could get a chance to impress against the champions
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While Diaz was on the scoresheet against Benfica, Fabinho suffered a headbutt in the game in Portugal. The former Monaco man had slight doubts but his presence suggests he will be available for selection.

Liverpool’s choice of third midfield will be odd. Fabinho started the second half alongside Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones but it was Thiago who played the English pair last weekend Watford.

The former Bayern Munich star was also spotted arriving in Manchester as he plans to start his claim. There will be plenty of competition, however, as Naby Keita is also included following his performance at the Estadio da Luz.







Fabinho suffered a headbutt in the middle of the week
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Thiago hopes to be back
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The task that awaits Liverpool is simple. Win and they go to the top, pull and they stay in touch, but lose and the title may well be City.

Klopp’s men have racked up 10 straight league wins and the string of results allows them to close the gap on a City side that were once out of sight. However, a defeat on Sunday could mean it’s all for naught.

Liverpool and City are both all but certain of finishing in the top four and are comfortably ahead of fifth place arsenal after the Gunners dropped more points on Saturday. However, Sunday’s game is all about the title and just the title.

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