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Erling Haaland OUT of Manchester City’s team to face Liverpool this afternoon

Injured Erling Haaland is OUT for Manchester City in crunch clash Liverpool this afternoon – with 42-goal Norwegian failing late fitness test to overcome groin problem

  • Erling Haaland DOESN’T feature for Man City against Liverpool this afternoon
  • The Norwegian was a doubt for the match after missing the international break
  • Haaland has 42 goals in all competitions this season, but has a groin problem 

Erling Haaland does not feature in today’s game for Manchester City against Liverpool.

The 22-year-old Norwegian was a doubt for Saturday’s fixture, after withdrawing from international qualifiers with a groin problem.

Haaland has scored 42 goals across all competitions this season, breaking records with his ability to find the net. 

On Friday, Man City boss Pep Guardiola told reporters that after speaking to Haaland, he ‘feels good’, but the matter of selection would be postponed until the last moment.

It followed reports that the striker would be given one final training session to prove his fitness ahead of the Liverpool match.

Erling Haaland is not involved in Man City’s game against Liverpool at the Etihad this afternoon

Pep Guardiola had previously told reporters Haaland 'feels good' despite a groin problem

Pep Guardiola had previously told reporters Haaland ‘feels good’ despite a groin problem

Manchester City begin a task of catching up an eight-point deficit to league leaders Arsenal

Manchester City begin a task of catching up an eight-point deficit to league leaders Arsenal

Manchester City versus Liverpool has turned into an intense rivalry over recent seasons, with both teams usually fighting for the top spot of the Premier League. Liverpool won the 2019-20 season, but Man City have won the other four of the last five top-flight campaigns.

The situation is slightly different this time around though, as Guardiola’s Citizens try to catch up an eight point deficit to current league leaders Arsenal.

Meanwhile, following a turbulent few months at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are now racing to get themselves back into a top four finish, starting today’s contest in 6th place.

It is the start of an important week for Liverpool, with games against Chelsea on Tuesday and Arsenal on Easter Sunday, as they try to save their season having been eliminated from all other competitions. 

Yesterday, it was confirmed that Nike had re-signed Haaland for a lucrative boot deal, with the American sports giant saying he will leave ‘his stamp on the future of the game’.