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Here’s the side we reckon Brendan Rodgers will choose to start to for Liverpool’s hugely important match with Manchester City on Sunday…
GK) Simon Mignolet
The Belgian will definitely start for the Reds barring a late injury. He did well last weekend against West Ham, and will need to be on his very best form today.
DR) Glen Johnson
Johnson will have to be careful his attacking instincts don’t get the better of him, with City’s attacking midfielders more than capable of exploiting space the space he leaves behind.
DC) Martin Skrtel
The Slovakian’s been phenomenal in recent weeks, cementing his reputation as one of the top flight’s best defenders this term.
DC) Mamadou Sakho
Agger is rated as doubtful anyway, meaning we reckon Sakho will retain his place in defence. He’s brilliant aerially. and can expect a tough battle with City’s Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko.
DL) Jon Flanagan
The young Englishman will likely start on the left of the back four, with French loanee Aly Cissokho an option from the bench.