Man City team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Liverpool – Guardiola to make three changes

Manchester City will face Liverpool tonight at the Etihad and Express Sport is on hand with all the team news ahead of the game. City are set to give the Reds a guard of honour before their match as Jurgen Klopp’s men won the Premier League last week, marking their first league title in 30 years.

However, Guardiola will not be taking this encounter lightly as he wants to send a powerful message to the Merseysiders ahead of next season.

The City manager said: “In sport you have to prove every time.

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“We are incredibly satisfied with what we are doing. But for athletes it is never enough.

“The past is past. We have done remains in our souls, our memories, but the show must go on.

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“It is a new chapter in our lives and we have to live it. The memories are nice for a glass of wine for your friends, your family.

“The people will say I don’t have to show anything. I am completely the opposite. Every time you have to do it again.

“First of all [we learned] that a team was better, who play at an outstanding level in every single game and we have to do more.

“Football helps you to understand an incredible education that another one was better and you have to try to reduce this gap.

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“From the last game Newcastle, tomorrow and the future, we have to work harder and do better.

“We are going to make Liverpool feel next season, and the other opponents, to try to fight with them for the next chapters in the Premier League.”

Guardiola will be without the suspended Fernandinho, who was sent off against Chelsea last week and is serving a two-match ban.

The Spanish manager may replace him with Nicolas Otamendi at centre-back while Aymeric Laporte, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy are all set to start again in defence, with Ederson between the sticks.

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David Silva may return to the starting-line-up in Ilkay Gundogan’s place next to Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri in midfield for this tough challenge.

Gabriel Jesus is expected to lead the line as Sergio Aguero is out with an injury for the rest of the season whereas Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez may remain in the wings.

Manchester City predicted line-up against Liverpool (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva; Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus.

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