Erling Haaland Expected to Be Fit for Liverpool Clash
In a not-so-surprising turn of events, Erling Haaland is reportedly set to be fit for the upcoming match against Liverpool, despite picking up a knock on international duty.
Injury Doubts for Manchester City
Earlier this weekend, it was reported that Haaland had joined seven Man City players on the list of injury doubts for the top-of-the-table clash at the Etihad. However, Liverpool fans were skeptical due to Pep Guardiola’s reputation for providing misleading fitness updates before big games.
The other players in doubt for the contest were Ederson, Nathan Ake, Mateo Kovacic, Matheus Nunes, Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, and Sergio Gomez. But according to reliable sources, Haaland is expected to be ready to play.
Haaland’s Injury Not Serious
Fabrizio Romano has indicated that Haaland’s injury is “not serious” and that he will be available for Liverpool’s visit. Romano stated, “Haaland will not risk playing against Scotland after his problem but he’ll be back in action for Man City.”
It seems that the 23-year-old will be rested for Norway’s match against Scotland on Sunday evening, as it holds no significance for their Euro 2024 qualification hopes.
Fitness Concerns for Liverpool
On the other hand, Liverpool will have their own fitness issues to deal with. Andy Robertson, Thiago, and Stefan Bajcetic are all currently nursing long-term injuries. However, Curtis Jones, Ryan Gravenberch, Ibrahima Konate, and Joe Gomez are expected to return to the squad after recovering from their fitness problems during the international break.
Implications for the Premier League Title Race
The upcoming match between Manchester City and Liverpool will have significant implications at the top of the Premier League table. Jurgen Klopp’s side will be looking to keep pace with last season’s treble winners and make a strong push for the title. They will face the challenge of defending against one of the world’s top strikers in Haaland, as anticipated by many.