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Grealish Starts, Gundogan On The Bench | 4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Liverpool

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Pratik Das
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Manchester City will clash heads with second-placed Liverpool at the Etihad on Sunday evening, hoping to pick up a positive result and maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table. The Reds will be coming into the match on the back of an emphatic 3-1 win against Benfica in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, whereas the Citizens recorded a narrow 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.

Team News

‘Pep Guardiola has confirmed that City have a fully fit squad to select from, bar Ruben Dias and Cole Palmer, ahead of Sunday’s key Premier League clash at home to Liverpool.’ – Manchester City’s official website stated.

Pep Guardiola will probably opt for the 4-3-3 formation with several tweaks from the last game as Jack Grealish looks likely to make his way back into the starting eleven.

4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Liverpool

Defence 

Ederson Moraes will operate in between the sticks for the upcoming clash. The Brazilian shot-stopper will hope to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Sunday.

John Stones will form the centre-half partnership with Aymeric Laporte at the heart of City’s backline.

Kyle Walker might start at the right-back position, whereas Joao Cancelo will fill in on the other flank as the left-back. The full-backs will be expected to stay compact and keep their shape defensively.

Pep Guardiola of Manchester City
Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-final first leg football match between Manchester City and Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 5, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/).

Midfield 

Rodri might start in the holding midfield position and could be assigned with more of a defensive role to shield the home side’s back-four.

Bernardo Silva will slot into the central midfield role, whereas Kevin de Bruyne is expected to start in the attacking midfield position. The duo would be determined to set up some clear-cut goal scoring chances for the front men.

Ilkay Gundogan will have to settle for a place on the bench, but he could come on to make a cameo appearance in the second half.

Attack

Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez will take up the wide positions, playing on the left and right-wing, respectively.

Phil Foden will lead the line for Manchester City this weekend. The England international will be hoping to get his name on the scoresheet when he faces off against the Liverpool defence that has kept four clean sheets in their last five matches across all competitions.

4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Liverpool
4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Liverpool
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