Liverpool welcome back their star man Mohamed Salah, but Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge are all out injured. A win will take Liverpool – currently level on points with Tottenham Hotspur – above Chelsea in the table.
City will meanwhile welcome back a number of players after he shuffled his pack for the club’s EFL Cup game against Bristol City. But Gabriel Jesus, Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy all remain out. City currently enjoy a 15-point lead at the top of the table.
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Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's key Premier League encounter between Liverpool and Manchester City, brought to you from Anfield.
With team news just announced, here's how the two sides will line-up today...
Kick-off at Anfield is just 30 minutes away!
A win for Manchester City will see them extend their lead at the top of the table to a ridiculous 18 points, while a victory for Liverpool will move them up to third, level on points with Chelsea but with a superior goal difference.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is pictured arriving at Anfield a short while ago
Liverpool vs Manchester City - last five meetings
- Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool, September 2017 (Premier League)
- Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool, March 2017 (Premier League)
- Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City, December 2016 (Premier League)
- Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City, March 2016 (Premier League)
- Liverpool 1-1 *Manchester City, February 2016 (League Cup - City won on penalties)
Pre-match quotes from Jurgen Klopp
On Virgil van Dijk's omission from the squad: "He's a little bit injured. Not too serious. If this was the last game of the season, maybe we would risk him. But it's not so we can't risk him."
On Karius starting ahead of Mignolet in goal: "If Loris is able to perform then he will stay in the goal, that's how it is."
Quotes from Sky Sports
Sergio Aguero warms up ahead of kick-off at Anfield
The players are out on the pitch at Anfield and kick-off is just five minutes away!
1' - Referee Andre Marriner gets the game underway.
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