Manchester City closed the gap back to 7 points today ahead of the Liverpool game on Thursday night, beating Southampton 3-1 at St Mary’s in a match they simply had to win.
Conspicuous by his absence was Kevin De Bruyne, who was sidelined with what has been described as a ‘knock’ that caused him not to travel south.
De Bruyne has been labelled a doubt to face Liverpool in a game that could either light up the title race again or take it further away from City, and speaking after today’s game Pep Guardiola couldn’t confirm if the 27-year-old will be available for selection.
KDB’s problem is “not a big issue” in the words of Pep, but it sounds like the Belgian maestro may be in a race to be fit to line up against Liverpool.
“I don’t know how De Bruyne is,” Guardiola told reporters. “I know it’s not a big issue but I don’t know if he’ll be for Thursday.”
Guardiola does believe Ilkay Gundogan will be fit to face Liverpool however, after the German was also missing today with a minor injury.
One player who did make his return today was Fernandinho, our Man of the Match against Southampton. A player Guardiola knows the importance of.
“Fernandinho deserves to play for us. We know that. Speak with any club in the world and they all have important players and Fernandinho is one of the for us.”