Manchester City vs Liverpool preview: Aymeric Laporte misses out after knee surgery

By Ric Turner, Fri 29 July 2022 15:32

Manchester City vs Liverpool preview: Aymeric Laporte misses out after knee surgerySpanish international likely to be sidelined until September

Manchester City vs Liverpool

Competition: F.A. Community Shield

Date: 5.00pm, Saturday 30th July 2022

Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester

Referee: Craig Pawson Assistants: H Lennard, N Hopton Fourth Official: D England VAR: J Brooks

Odds: City 11/8, Draw 5/2, Liverpool 15/8

Tickets: Sold out


Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Cancelo, Mbete, Wilson-Esbrand, Phillips, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Palmer, McAtee, Haaland, Alvarez, Mahrez, Delap

Injured: Laporte

Doubtful: None


Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Squad (from): Adrian, Kelleher, van Dijk, Konate, Gomez, Tsimikas, Ramsay, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Thiago, Keita, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Elliott, Carvalho, Firmino, Salah, Diaz, Nunez

Injured: Alisson, Jota

Doubtful: None

Aymeric Laporte is recovering from injury and will not feature against Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. The Spanish international underwent surgery on a knee injury during the summer, and isn't expected to return until September. Phil Foden, John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan are all available after missing the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

“Laporte is injured. He had surgery after last season,” Guardiola confirmed at Friday's press conference.

“He played the last three games with an injury, an incredible effort but he could not continue to do that.

“He has done incredibly well but we need to be careful because it is the knee.

“I think he will be out in August and maybe in September he will start to be with us. We will see.”

City lost their last game against Liverpool 3-2, with Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 50 of the 191 games played against the Reds, with 50 draws and 91 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Grealish, Mahrez, Haaland

Score prediction: City 1 Liverpool 1