Manchester City v Liverpool team news: Injury news for Premier League clash between champions and challengers at the Etihad

James Milner

James Milner is expected to be available to face his former side while Kevin De Bruyne remains a doubt for Manchester City as they host Liverpool on Thursday.

Reds midfield James Milner is in contention to return for Liverpool for their huge Premier League showdown at Manchester City.

A minor muscular injury ruled Milner out of the Boxing Day win over Newcastle but the midfielder is expected to be available for the Etihad Stadium clash.

Jurgen Klopp's main selection headache surrounds his midfield options, with his back four and front three almost set in stone but with the likes of Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Sahqiri all jostling for places.

Striker Dominic Solanke is struggling with a muscle problem, although he is yet to make a first-team appearance for the leaders this season.

De Bruyne a doubt for City

Kevin De Bruyne remains a doubt for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's side look to cut the gap to league leaders Liverpool down to just four points.

The influential Belgium midfielder missed Sunday's victory over Southampton with a muscle injury and could be sidelined again.

Ilkay Gundogan could return, but Fabian Delph remains suspended and both Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Claudio Bravo (Achilles) are long-term absentees.

Manchester City squad: Ederson, Muric, Walker, Danilo, Stones, Otamendi, Laporte, Kompany, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Foden, D Silva, B Silva, Sane, Sterling, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Diaz, Aguero, Jesus.

Liverpool squad: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Mignolet, Clyne, Moreno, Henderson, Keita, Lallana, Sturridge, Origi.

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Man City 21/20 | Draw 11/4 | Liverpool 9/4

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