Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester City’s clash with Premier League champions Liverpool, the club’s official website has confirmed.
Aguero, 32, has been a major doubt for Sunday’s titanic encounter all week with the Argentine striker still currently nursing a hamstring problem he sustained last month.
City’s all-time leading scorer – with 255 goals for the club to date – hasn’t featured since his team’s 1-1 draw at West Ham on October 24 when he was withdrawn at half-time at the London Stadium with a muscular injury.
Pep Guardiola confirmed the inevitable in his Friday afternoon press conference meaning City will be without their star striker who has scored seven goals in his previous seven matches against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.
However, Liverpool aren’t without injury problems of their own after Jurgen Klopp confirmed yesterday that Thiago Alcantara will miss the weekend’s encounter.
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The Spaniard still hasn’t recovered from a knee injury he sustained against Everton last month leaving him on the sidelines alongside Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho who will also miss the clash with City.
What RTK has to say
Indeed it is unfortunate that City will be without their talisman for this weekend’s fixture although given the number of injury setbacks Liverpool have had to combat in recent weeks, there will be little sympathy from Klopp’s behalf.
Also, we’d be lying if we didn’t see this as a ball in Liverpool’s favour ahead of what is undoubtedly the club’s toughest match of the season so far.
The 97-time international is as prolific as they come and has been a nightmare for Liverpool in the past, scoring in every fixture he has started against the Reds at City’s home stadium.
It means Gabriel Jesus may be expected to lead the line for City although his fitness is still questionable with the Brazilian striker only making a late cameo off the bench during a 3-0 victory against Olympiacos in midweek.
Starting the 23-year-old against Liverpool could be a little too early for Jesus’ fitness.
With that in mind, Liverpool could be up against a forward trident of Raheem Sterling, Ferran Torres and Riyad Mahrez.
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