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Injury updates and key stats ahead of epic clash: Manchester City vs. Liverpool

In the buildup to the highly anticipated clash between Manchester City and Liverpool, Pep Guardiola expresses optimism about Erling Haaland’s fitness despite the striker grappling with ankle discomfort during training.

Ederson and Nathan Ake are likely to feature, having overcome setbacks during international duty. On the flip side, doubts loom over Mateo Kovacic, Sergio Gomez, and Matheus Nunes, while Kevin de Bruyne and John Stones remain sidelined.

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Liverpool sees the return of midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, back in action after serving a ban. The Reds, however, face uncertainties with Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, Ryan Gravenberch, and Joe Gomez resuming training, while Andy Robertson, Thiago Alcantara, and Stefan Bajcetic remain sidelined.

As the teams gear up for battle, historical narratives add layers to the contest. Manchester City aims to secure consecutive league victories over Liverpool, a feat not achieved since the 1930s.

Meanwhile, Liverpool seeks to overcome a challenging record at the Etihad Stadium, with their last win dating back to a memorable 4-1 triumph in 2015.

The stakes are high for both sides, with Manchester City eyeing a record-equalling 24th consecutive home win, while Liverpool aims to maintain their impressive form, having suffered just one defeat in 23 Premier League games.

Mohamed Salah, on the verge of a personal milestone with 150 Premier League goals, could become the fifth player to score 200 goals for Liverpool if he secures a brace.

As the drama unfolds, all eyes will be on Erling Haaland, one goal away from the 50-mark in the Premier League. The Norwegian striker has conquered 19 of the 21 teams he has faced, with Liverpool and Brentford standing as the elusive exceptions.

With records on the line and key players returning, the stage is set for a thrilling encounter between two footballing giants.

Alfred Saiki
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