[4-3-3] Kompany and Otamendi Out, Aguero, Sterling and Silva to Start in Man City vs Liverpool likely XI

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Benjamin Mendy is in contention to feature against Liverpool on Sunday after returning to training, while Kevin De Bruyne also has a chance of making the match-day squad after a quicker-than-expected recovery from his knee injury.

Ilkay Gundogan (hamstring) didn’t train on Friday and is a doubt, while Fabian Delph is again ruled out with an unspecified injury.

Given Delph’s unavailability, then Mendy might be pressed into a swift return at left-back given the somewhat unsuccessful experiment with Aymeric Laporte at full-back in midweek.

Pep Guardiola has traditionally not played Mendy and Leroy Sane in the same team, so Oleksandr Zinchenko could potentially be used instead of the fit-again French international.

Benching Sane would be harsh after the German winger’s form of recent weeks, but he could potentially make way if Mendy features at left-back in a 4-3-3 or indeed at wing-back in a switch to a 3-5-2.

David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho should make up the midfield three given Gundogan’s issues, while Raheem Sterling will be confident of a start either on the right flank or indeed as an “inverted winger” on the left to accommodate Mendy.

Riyad Mahrez offers a further option out wide. John Stones started on the bench in the win over Hoffenheim on Tuesday but could come back into the side here, given the struggles of Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany at centre-back against their German opposition.

Sergio Aguero has been playing through the pain barrier of late due to a foot problem, but is once again favourite to start ahead of Gabriel Jesus in attack.


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