Liverpool projected Starting XI against Manchester City

The Reds could line up in a variety of ways for the this titanic clash.

Manchester City v Liverpool FC - Premier League
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We have finally reached the big one. Liverpool will play host to Manchester City on Sunday in what will be the most important Premier League match of the season to this point. Both sides are separated by a solitary point, and anything can happen when these two meet.

Pep Guardiola is slowly but surely getting his side back to full fitness and he has the trio of Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden playing at an extremely high level coming in.

Jurgen Klopp for his part, saw the return of two crucial pieces on Thursday in Mohamed Salah and Dominik Szoboszlai. However, he is still down some very important players.

An argument could be made that 20 or so minutes on Thursday was not enough game time to get Mo Salah and Dominik Szoboszlai up to speed, but they both looked extremely lively in those appearances.

While it would be a perfect world to ease them back, this kind of match does not allow that. Klopp must utilize his biggest weapons. Fighting fire with fire so to speak.

Let's take a stab at how Klopp will shape things for his last league meeting with City.

Goalkeeper: Caoimhin Kelleher

Defenders: Conor Bradley, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson

Midfielders: Alexis Mac Allister, Wataru Endo, Dominik Szoboszlai

Forwards: Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz

Probable Substitutes: Cody Gakpo, Harvey Elliott, Ibrahima Konate (If deemed fit enough), Jarrell Quansah if no Ibou, Bobby Clark, Kostas Tsimikas

Liverpool will probably be cautious with Konate even if he is deemed fit enough, as him coming off extra early for aggravating the hamstring would be a big blow in a match of this magnitude.

The red-hot Nunez should be raring to go after his brilliant but limited performance against Sparta Prague on Thursday. Whoever gets the start on Sunday will be taking part in a raucous Anfield crowd that could very well be the 12th man on the pitch.