Man City star speaks out after injury blow ahead of Liverpool meeting

Ilkay Gundogan spoke to reporters after Manchester City beat Hoffenheim in the Champions League on Tuesday, looking ahead to the Premier League meeting with Liverpool on Sunday.

While he picked up an injury that has made him a doubt to face Liverpool on Sunday, Ilkay Gundogan spoke about facing the Reds and how his side’s poor record at Anfield might serve as inspiration to do better than before and pick up a point or two.

Pep Guardiola confirmed after City’s Champions League win last night that Gundogan is a doubt to face Liverpool, saying: “Gundogan has a problem with his muscle, I don’t know his injury. We’ll check it tomorrow. [But] Kevin [De Bruyne] has started to train with us, so that’s the first step.”

Further information is needed on Gundogan’s injury to ascertain whether or not he will miss the Premier League meeting with Liverpool or not but even if he doesn’t start, he is hoping that City can overcome their poor record at Anfield.

“It’s a huge game,” Gundogan said after Tuesday night’s win over Hoffenheim in the Champions League. “It’s maybe at this point the biggest one in the Premier League.

“We are the leaders again now since the last fixtures and after that game we still want to be number one.

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“But the last years have shown we always struggle at Anfield so hopefully it can be a boost to us to show everyone and ourselves that we are able to play good there and get at least one or three points.”

A win over City on Sunday would lift Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League and provide a massive boost for the Reds heading into the second international break of the season.

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