If Manchester City have any hope of overturning their 3-0 deficit to Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium next week, it may be helped with today’s news that three of Liverpool’s big-name midfielders are likely to miss the fixture.
German international Emre Can had been expected to return, but according to James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, he is likely to miss out.
With Adam Lallana also injured and Jordan Henderson suspended after receiving a yellow card on Wednesday night, that leaves Jurgen Klopp with less midfield options than he would have liked.
The Liverpool boss can still field a strong three-man midfield if nothing changes before next week’s game, with James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – two of whom featured in the win over City – available to play.
It is better news for Liverpool on the Mo Salah front, with Liverpool hopeful that the Premier League’s leading scorer will be fit for the second leg after limping off. Salah felt some discomfort in his groin, but Liverpool’s medical team believe it is only a minor issue.
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