- Liverpool host Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon
- Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is set to miss out at Anfield due to a tight hamstring
- Dejan Lovren is expected to start at centre back in place of the Dutchman
Liverpool have been dealt an early blow ahead of Sunday’s mouthwatering clash with Manchester City with news that Virgil van Dijk is set to be unavailable.
The club’s record signing won’t play a part at Anfield due to a tight hamstring.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want to risk his new £75m acquisition against the Premier League leaders so Dejan Lovren is expected to start in his place alongside Joel Matip.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is set to miss their clash against Manchester City on Sunday
Liverpool’s £75m record signing is expected to miss out due to a tight hamstring injury
Dejan Lovren (right) is set to start at centre back in Van Dijk’s absence against City
Van Dijk enjoyed a Liverpool debut to remember on January 5 when he scored a dramatic late winner against bitter rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round.
The Holland international will now have to wait a little bit longer to make his Premier League bow for his new side since leaving Southampton.
Liverpool will be hoping to avenge their 5-0 mauling at City earlier in the season when they meet on Sunday.
The Reds trail Pep Guardiola’s side by 18 points in the table as they hope to inflict upon them their first league defeat of the season.
Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to inflict upon Manchester City’s first league defeat of the season