Sports News of Thursday, 3 January 2019
Hello good evening and welcome to the last game of MatchDay 21 in the English Premier League. It is a blockbuster and a game many have described as one that could shape the destination of the League title come the end of the season.
Man City host Liverpool tonight in a game that is best summed up as “league leaders vs defending league champions”.
And City could be boosted by the return of arguably their best player: Kevin de Bruyne.
The Belgian missed Sunday’s 3-1 win against Southampton with a muscle injury, but has returned to training.
Pep Guardiola is desperate to start the Belgian against Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League leaders, but will not risk his long-term fitness after missing him for the majority of the season with two separate knee ligament injuries.
Liverpool, meanwhile, welcome back former City man James Milner for tonight’s trip to the Etihad.
The midfielder missed the Reds’ wins over Newcastle United and Arsenal after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring issue.
But he is in contention to face his former club tonight in a game that could go a long way to deciding the destination of this season’s Premier League title.
Apart from Dominic Solanke (groin), who is in line for a January loan move, Klopp has no other fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium.
The Reds could go 10 points clear of the reigning champions with a win in Manchester but will be pulled back into a tight title race in the event of a defeat.
Stay with us for all the updates on this epic game. The game starts at 8 pm GMT.