Manchester City team news and predicted XI ahead of Liverpool clash

Man City will host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as both teams battle for the Premier League top spot in an early kick-off by 12:30.

The last meeting saw City thrash Liverpool 4-1 at the Etihad with Alvarez, Grealish, Gundogan, De Bruyne getting on the scoresheet, with a consolation goal from Mohamed Salah for Liverpool.

City will be without John Stones, Sergio Gomez, Mateo Kovacic, Matheus Nunes and Kevin De Bruyne as a result of injuries.

Pep Guardiola will hope that Erling Haaland, Nathan Ake and Ederson wilI pass their medical checks to validate their fitness ahead of the weekend clash.

City will hope to extend the leading point margin to four with a win at home. However, a win for the visitors will take City to the second spot and a draw will still keep City leading with just a point.

Predicted Man City XI:Ortega, Josko Gvardiol, Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Jeremy Doku, Julian Alvarez, Phil Foden, Erling Haaland.