Football: Weekend guide to the Premiership: Coventry v Liverpool Last season: 1-1

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ROLAND NILSSON is likely to be restored to Coventry's defence against in-form Liverpool at Highfield Road after missing last weekend's 3-0 FA Cup win at Leicester with flu. The Swedish international should replace Marc Edworthy - his deputy at Filbert Street. Scottish midfielder Paul Telfer is suspended for reaching five yellow cards. Coventry have only lost once at home to Liverpool since the inaugural season of the Premiership.

Liverpool expect to have Steve Staunton and Phil Babb back today. Staunton has been suffering from a groin injury, while Irish team-mate Babb has completed a suspension. Karlheinz Riedle also returns to the squad after suspension but Steve McManaman will have to wait a little longer for his comeback after having a reaction to his ankle injury after playing for the reserves on Wednesday. Liverpool are still hoping for international clearance to arrive from the Italian FA to allow them to include Rigobert Song in their squad. Gerard Houllier is unable to call upon the services of defender Jamie Carragher, who serves a one-match ban.

COVENTRY CITY (from): Hedman, Nilsson, Shaw, Williams, Burrows, Boateng, McAllister, Soltvedt, Froggatt, Huckerby, Whelan, Breen, Ogrizovic, Clement, Aloisi, Shilton, Boland.

LIVERPOOL (from): James, Heggem, Babb, Staunton, Harkness, Matteo, Bjornebye, Berger, Ince, Redknapp, Owen, Fowler, Riedle, Thompson, Kvarme, Friedel, Leonhardsen.

Suspensions: Coventry: Telfer, B Ferguson. Liverpool: Carragher.

Referee: M Riley.

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