On Sunday Liverpool can pull nine points clear at the top of the Premier League table, or they can have their lead halved to six points. It is the Reds most important league game since the two sides last met. Nowadays when Liverpool play Manchester City, everything is on the line. The Reds may have been given a huge boost to their chances by an Ederson injury.

Liverpool could have been given a huge boost by an Ederson injury.

Liverpool could have been given a huge boost by an Ederson injury. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Wednesday night saw Man City held by Atalanta at the San Siro. The Citizens went a goal up early on when Raheem Sterling finished off a fine passage of play. The Blues could have sewn the game up in the first half but Gabriel Jesus put a penalty miserably wide.

City dominated the first half and missed a series of chances after opening up the Italians’ defence. There was a change for Pep Guardiola’s side after half time, an Ederson injury forced the Brazilian number two off and Claudio Bravo on. Atalanta equalised early in the second half. Bravo was sent off with just minutes remaining, Kyle Walker stepped into the breach as an auxiliary keeper.

Speaking after the game, as reported by the BBC, Pep Guardiola said “It’s a muscular problem, it was a risk so we took him off as he was feeling it late in the first half.”

The Spaniard was asked about the keeper’s chances of playing at the weekend and he responded saying “I don’t know”.

Claudio Bravo was forced in goal by the Ederson injury.

Claudio Bravo was forced in goal by the Ederson injury. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

 

The Champions being without Ederson this weekend could be a game decider. Claudio Bravo is rash to say the least, Wednesday night proved that.

However, Pep Guardiola is one for mind games. There weren’t any indications that the Brazilian needed to come off before half time and this could be a stunt gone wrong.

Pep has gained a bit of a reputation of late for exaggerating the condition of his players in a bid to get one over on opposition gaffers. Gun to my head, I’d say Ederson will play on Sunday. We can only hope that I’m wrong.

 

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