Why Jack Grealish is absent from the Man City squad to face Liverpool as Pep Guardiola suggests hosts only have the bare 11 players – explained

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Pep Guardiola has explained why Jack Grealish in not a part of the Manchester City squad to face Liverpool on Saturday.

WHAT HAPPENED?

The Manchester City manager has not included the England international in his matchday squad to face Liverpool in a crucial Premier League on Saturday. Guardiola explained he is among several other players in his team who are suffering from a vomiting bug and went on to claim he could barely name a starting XI

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WHAT PEP GUARDIOLA SAID

Ahead of the match, Guardiola told Sky Sports, “Feel unwell, so vomit and so on. John [Stones] is not ready either but is on the bench. Modern times, so adapt. We play with 11, that’s for sure.”

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THE BIGGER PICTURE

Pep Guardiola is yet to lose a match against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium. His only defeat against the Reds came in the Champions League during the 2017-18 season.

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WHAT NEXT FOR MANCHESTER CITY?

While Grealish is unavailable to play against the Reds, the good news for the club is that star forward Erling Haaland is fit to start. The Norwegian picked up an ankle injury during the international break, leading to doubts over whether he would be able to make the squad for the crucial match on Saturday.

 

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