Martin Keown predicts Manchester City v Liverpool

Martin Keown predicts Manchester City v Liverpool

Martin Keown predicts Manchester City v Liverpool

Liverpool could hardly be in higher spirits as they set out on the short trip to Manchester City tomorrow hoping to make a strong case for their Premier League title prospects.

The playmaker made a miraculous recovery from an apparent back injury to play for Brazil during the worldwide break so he is match-fit and he took part in full training today, however, Klopp has no reason to rush Coutinho back in to the starting eleven.

"I'm well into the way on my rehab now and it's going as well as it can". The South American duo will look to exploit Liverpool's defensive frailties and with the creative talents of David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne behind them, Guardiola's team are sure to cause all kinds of problems.

Liverpool is now occupying the second place in the Premier League table just behind Man United after two wins and a draw from their first three fixtures.

However, with an unbeaten record in the league so far Coutinho will find it hard to force his way into Klopp's starting lineup as the midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum have earned their right to maintain their spot in the side.

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The Brazilian playmaker - who was a target for Barcelona during the transfer window - has yet to play for the Reds this season due to injuries and illness. Then, they followed that up by making a £40million deadline day raid on the Gunners for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

And according to the report, Klopp is keen for Coutinho to be integrated back into first-team affairs at Anfield as quickly as possible. The England global will have to dislodge one of Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum or Jordan Henderson if he is to start against City.

Sadio Mane has started the season in superb form, bagging three goals already at a strike rate of one goal every 85 minutes. City have spent plenty of money on their defence by bringing in Danilo, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, however, Guardiola still does not appear to have settled on a favoured back line in his opening three games.

Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne will both miss the game with injuries.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has predicted in The Daily Mail that Manchester City will win against Liverpool at home this weekend.

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