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Manchester City vs. Liverpool, 2017 Premier League: Predicted Lineup

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City are right back in the firing line on Sunday when they take on fellow top-four rivals Liverpool.

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Manchester City hope to put their disappointing exit from this season's Champions League behind them and look to confirm their place in next season's Champions League when they face Liverpool on Sunday. The two teams are in the Top-4 and look in good position to maintain their places, but three points would be just gigantic for the winner of this match in terms of confidence.

Pep Guardiola has some decisions to make in regards to his starting lineup. We don't know which players are too tired after the loss in France and whether or not the coach wants to rotate, so here's our prediction for the eleven players that are likely to start on Sunday:


Goalkeeper: Willy Caballero

There is an outside chance Guardiola elects to go with Claudio Bravo here, but only an outside chance. Neither keeper looks to be the long term solution for next season, but Caballero is the one here.

Defense: Pablo Zabaleta, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, Gaël Clichy

Sagna and Kolarov make way for Otamendi and Zabaleta, providing a bit more going forward on the flanks for City. In the middle, Otamendi has more pace than Kolarov, which is important when facing Liverpool’s attack. Clichy retains his spot because there are only two options at left-back and Kolarov’s lack of pace out wide is frightening.

Midfield: Yaya Touré, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne

Touré's exemption from the whole game against Monaco was a puzzler, and supporters have to hope he can return against Liverpool. City can certainly use his possession and passing skills in the middle of the park. Silva and De Bruyne retain their spots despite a poor showing against Monaco, with the hope that they can put that performance behind and play to their normally super high standards.

Forwards: Raheem Sterling, Sergio Agüero, Leroy Sané

No changes up front as it appears unlikely Navas, Nolito, or Iheanacho will ever surpass Sterling, Sané, or Aguero on the pecking order this season. Barring an injury or other issues this starting forward group should stick together until Gabriel Jesus is healthy.

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