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Liverpool vs. Manchester City: Potential Starting XI

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Here we take a look and analyze who could be in for a start against the Reds at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.

(L-R) Remi Garde, Manager of Aston Villa directs his players as Manuel Pellegrini the manager of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park on November 8, 2015 in Birmingham
(L-R) Remi Garde, Manager of Aston Villa directs his players as Manuel Pellegrini the manager of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park on November 8, 2015 in Birmingham
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With the conclusion of the November international break, which saw one of the most devastating terrorist attacks in recent history take place in Paris, it is time for Manchester City to press on with challenging for Premier League supremacy, which should be commonplace for a team as big as Manchester City. For now, Manchester City faces a formidable opponent in Liverpool, who despite not playing good football under Jurgen Klopp since his arrival to the club, has the necessary quality in players like Phillippe Coutinho to pose a challenge for Manchester City.

The question that remains ever-so-present in the build up to any Premier League fixture for the most ardent Manchester City supporter stands as such, what will Manchester City's starting XI be against Liverpool? Some notable omissions include David Silva, who is week away from full fitness, Wilfried Bony, who could also return within the next 7-10 days, Samir Nasri, Vincent Kompany, who was removed from the Belgium squad for the international break due to a recurring calf injury. Bacary Sagna may be an omission based on the emotional scale provoked by the recent attacks in Paris, but as a result of Pablo Zabaleta's battle with fitness, he may start against Liverpool.

The return of Sergio Aguero will see him slotted into the lone striker position for Saturday's match, and he could have the support of the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, and Jesus Navas. Navas' selection remains in question as a result of Pellegrini's use of Yaya Toure in an advanced attacking position, as seen in some of Manchester City's Champions League matches this season. If this were the case, Fernandinho and Fernando would play just in front of the defensive line. The back four would likely feature Aleksandar Kolarov, Eliaquim Mangala, Nicolas Otamendi, and Bacary Sagna, who will play over the returning Pablo Zabaleta.