Liverpool take on Manchester City in the first week of October and although Kevin De Bruyne is expected back from injury earlier than first thought, he won’t be fit to face the Reds in the Premier League.
Six games into the 2018/19 league season and Liverpool are the only side in the division to still have a perfect record, winning six games on the trot to amass 18 points at this early stage of the campaign.
Both Chelsea and Manchester City are two points behind and play the Merseysiders this weekend and next respectively. If Jürgen Klopp can mastermind wins over both sides, he and his side will be in a fantastic position to launch a challenge on the Premier League title.
Chelsea could be without Pedro and Antonio Rudiger when they host the Reds at Stamford Bridge while City will need to make do without De Bruyne although he is apparently expected back from injury earlier than first anticipated.
“It was a freak accident, it happens, football is a contact sport,” Roberto Martinez said.
“The issue is how long he will be out and the reports are very positive. I think we’ll see him on the pitch a lot earlier than other players would take with that injury [and] we think he could be even fresher after his period away.
“No time scale yet but Kevin wants to be on the football pitch as quick as he can and physically he’s got that natural gift of being able to heal quicker than other players.”