Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Philippe Coutinho and Joel Matip will miss Liverpool’s clash with Manchester City and most likely the next league game against Sunderland too.
Liverpool head into one of the most challenging fixtures of the season without Coutinho and Matip, the former being a player who loves scoring against the Sky Blues and will be a big miss.
Asked if Coutinho will feature against City at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp replied, “No, but he’s in a good way. The City game for sure is too early, pretty sure the Sunderland game is too early too.”
Pep Guardiola’s side arrive at Anfield just one point behind Liverpool and seven behind Chelsea. The game offers City the opportunity to leapfrog the Reds, or it offers Klopp’s side to keep the pressure on Chelsea and put some breathing room between them and City.
Coutinho’s ankle injury has seen him sidelined for the whole month of December and while Liverpool have coped without him, there is no denying that the Reds are better with him in the starting lineup.
While Liverpool will have to make do without Philippe Coutinho, Manchester City will welcome back Sergio Aguero from suspension after the forward scythed down David Luiz in a league fixture.
With Matip set to miss another league game, he hasn’t made an appearance since Liverpool’s disappointing draw with West Ham, Ragnar Klavan will continue in the centre of defence and the Estonian will need to be wide awake to deputise efficiently against a forward of Aguero’s calibre.
The game is being hyped up by pundits as being make or break for both sides’ title chances and while this holds some weight, the game is actually more important for Chelsea who can head into the New Year with a nine-point lead at the top of the league.
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