Man City team news: Expected XI vs Liverpool with three swapped out from PSG loss


A stunning Lionel Messi goal condemned City to their maiden loss since their opening day reverse at Tottenham.

Guardiola’s side were uncharacteristically poor in their 2-0 defeat and must be far better as they continue one of the hardest periods of their season.  

City have visited Chelsea and PSG in their last two matches in all competitions and now head to Liverpool on Sunday.  

Gabriel Jesus scored the only goal of the game against the Blues last weekend. Come away with six points from their two Premier League outings and they will surely be the prime contenders to retain the title.  

Guardiola has said that he is happy with City’s performances but that does not mean that he will not make changes to his team. Express Sport picks out three players who could come in at Anfield. 

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Defenders: Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo 

Despite conceding twice, Guardiola could pick the same back four that started against PSG.  

Laporte appears to have ousted John Stones from the Spaniard’s preferred centre-back pairing.  

Stones did so well alongside Dias last term but has not featured in the league this season. Laporte has made the most of Stones returning late to pre-season following his Euro 2020 exploits.  

At left-back, Cancelo has settled in well and appears to be ahead of Oleksandr Zinchenko for the role. 

Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva 

De Bruyne’s return to full fitness will likely continue with another start against Liverpool.

The Belgian has begun City’s last three matches and will start a fourth if he begins at Anfield.  

Bernardo Silva was linked with a move away in the summer, especially following the arrival of Jack Grealish. But the Portuguese has been involved in City’s most important games this term.  

However, Silva could now drop out for Phil Foden after a below-par performance against PSG.  

According to the Telegraph, Guardiola has been considering using Foden in a more central role, having mostly used him out wide. 

Attackers: Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish 

Guardiola could make two changes to his attacking trio after they uncharacteristically misfired against PSG.  

£100m summer signing Grealish might be the only one to keep his place, with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling dropping out. 

Jesus was excellent against Chelsea last weekend, scoring the winner 10 minutes into the second half.  

The Brazilian could go into the team alongside Torres, who has had an excellent start to the season. The pair have scored a combined eight goals in all competitions this term. 



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