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Man City predicted lineup vs Liverpool - Premier League

Craig Vickers
Guardiola on the touchline
Guardiola on the touchline / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Man City will be looking to take a huge step towards retaining the Premier League title as they entertain Liverpool in a crucial top-of-the-table battle at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side have seen their lead at the summit shrink to just a single point in recent weeks, and defeat would knock City off their perch ahead of the remaining seven games of the league campaign.

Man City boast a strong record at the Etihad against Jurgen Klopp's men, although they will face a Liverpool side brimming with confidence after a run of ten straight wins in the Premier League.

Here's how the Cityzens could line up this weekend.

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Joao Cancelo
Cancelo is integral for City / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Ederson (GK) - His shot-stopping ability is worth its weight in gold, but his distribution makes City tick.

Kyle Walker (RB) - His recovery pace against the lightning speed of Liverpool's frontline will be hugely beneficial.

John Stones (CB) - Atletico's 5-5-0 defensive shape placed great emphasis on his ball-carrying ability in midweek, but Liverpool will pose a different challenge.

Aymeric Laporte (CB) - The Frenchman will have his work cut out against the formidable attacking trio of Liverpool.

Joao Cancelo (LB) - His ability to invert into a central midfield position allows City greater control of that area.

2. Midfielders

Rodri (CM) - There is nothing immensely flashy about the Spaniard's game, but his ability to switch play from a central position is crucial for City.

Kevin De Bruyne (CM) - Added his fifth goal in his last six games with the winning strike against Atletico Madrid, underling his return to form.

Ilkay Gundogan (CM) - The goals have dried up for the German this season, but he remains a big threat breaking into the penalty area.

3. Forwards

Manchester City v Atletico Madrid Quarter Final Leg One - UEFA Champions League
Foden laid on De Bruyne for Man City's winner against Atletico Madrid / Pablo Morano/MB Media/GettyImages

Bernardo Silva (RW) - It is remarkable to think the Portuguese was strongly linked with an exit from Man City in summer.

Phil Foden (ST) - Gave City a cutting edge off the bench in midweek, supplying De Bruyne for the winning goal.

Raheem Sterling (LW) - His pace helps stretch defences for Man City, creating pockets of space for the midfielders to operate in.