The tough start for Liverpool continues as they face Manchester City in their second league game having lost to West Brom on the opening day. This time though the Reds will be at Anfield for the first home league game. Liverpool are coming into this game on the back of a hard fought but encouraging win against Hearts in the Europa League while resting key players and will also have been further boosted (mentally!) by the loan signing of ex-Dortmund wonder-kid Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid.
Daniel Agger of course is missing out this game, having been sent-off against WBA. Carroll is a doubt with a hamstring problem and also Enrique whose fitness will probably be assessed before the game. While there were some good performances against Hearts, there was one player who really stood out head and shoulders above the rest – Raheem Sterling, giving the Hearts’ defenders a lot to think about. A start for him would be too risky but perhaps if the game is level and a change of pace is required he would certainly be an option. Also, Assaidi who has almost been forgotten about may well make his debut tomorrow.
On that note, tomorrow’s line-up might look something like this:
Kelly – Carragher – Skrtel – Johnson
Lucas – Allen
Suarez - Downing
That would be it I guess unless Assaidi is handed an unlikely start for his first game and Enrique is fit, it is doubtful the line-up would vary much. While Downing has still not won over many fans, he is the least riskiest option available there. Suarez would pretty much be roaming freely and swopping places with Borini with Gerrard up in support.
No doubt a baptism of fire for Brendan Rodgers but Liverpool usually do turn up in the bigger games so we would be a bit less worried about the game! But let’s see if we can get our first points of this campaign on the board!