Man City’s recycled plan to handle Mo Salah

Mohamed Salah to start vs Man City

One issue has been worrying Liverpool fans in the build-up to tonight’s Champions League clash with Man City.

Will Mohamed Salah be fit?

Salah was last seen limping out of the Champions League quarterfinal first leg after 50 minutes with a groin injury.

Salah has since missed last weekend’s 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby at Everton.

In the run-up to Tuesday, the rumours have been that Salah will be available to face the Sky Blues.

Indeed, the Egyptian star was back in training on Monday night.

Bottom line: Salah is expected to start for Jurgen Klopp at the Etihad.

Man City’s recycled plan vs Mo Salah

The Times have gone about predicting the likely line-ups for the Man City vs Liverpool game.

Remember, Liverpool have a 3-nil lead after the first leg at Anfield.

In their predicted XIs, Salah is stationed in his usual role on the right hand side of the Liverpool attack.

Moreover, Aymeric Laporte is selected at left-back for Man City: a role which Laporte played at Anfield, however he failed to contain Salah as the north African opened the scoring for the Reds.

Should Pep Guardiola persist with his Laporte vs Salah tactic? Or should Fabian Delph, for example, start in the full-back slot instead?

You’d suspect Man City fans will be concerned with the recycling of the Laporte plan.


Times: Man City vs Liverpool probable line-ups


Sergio Aguero not Gabriel Jesus

The Times also predict that Sergio Aguero will lead City’s attack, not Gabriel Jesus.

Both strikers were left out of City’s starting XI last weekend in the 3-2 defeat to Man United.

Other notes in the predicted line-ups include John Stones’ ongoing omission from the City defence, while Kyle Walker will return at right-back.

For Liverpool there are no real surprises in the probable XI. James Milner will start as Jordan Henderson is suspended, while Andy Robertson should return at left-back.

Also see: Man City vs Liverpool predictions: Champions League preview & predicted line-ups.

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