Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has this afternoon confirmed that goalkeeper Ederson is set to miss the club’s crunch meeting with Liverpool this weekend.
Liverpool host City
The Premier League’s top-2 will go head-to-head at Anfield on Sunday evening, in a crucial matchup in the title race.
Champions City currently sit 6 points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s table-toppers, having already fallen to a pair of surprise defeats over the early months of the campaign.
Liverpool, on the other hand, remain unbeaten to this point, with their only dropped points of the season having come in a 1-1 stalemate at Manchester United three weeks ago.
As such, another win for Jurgen Klopp’s men would see them move a hefty 9 points clear of City in the race for Premier League supremacy, an advantage which many would no doubt view as insurmountable based on the Reds’ early-season form.
A victory for the visitors at Anfield on Sunday, on the other hand, would see the gap closed to just 3 points.
Ederson ruled out
Manchester City’s hopes of securing a result in two days’ time, though, have today suffered a serious blow.
The Sky Blues’ meeting with Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday night saw goalkeeper Ederson forced off with an injury problem.
Backup shot-stopper Claudio Bravo was introduced in place of the Brazilian, but didn’t exactly cover himself in glory, having been sent off 10 minutes from time.
City, though, look set to depend on their oft-erratic no.2 when they visit Merseyside on Sunday, with Pep Guardiola having confirmed this afternoon that Ederson will be ‘unable to play’ versus Liverpool:
BREAKING: Pep Guardiola says Ederson is “unable to play” against Liverpool.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 8, 2019
On the prospect of Claudio Bravo taking his place between the posts, Guardiola continued:
Pep on @C1audioBravo: “Why shouldn’t I be confident about my players? I see him every day in training. We won’t lose because of Claudio. The red card the other day was because we lost the ball. Respect the guy. He is a top keeper.”
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) November 8, 2019