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Carragher expects Klopp to make four changes ahead of Liverpool vs Man City

Jamie Carragher expects Jurgen Klopp to recall a number of key Liverpool stars for their pivotal showdown with Manchester City on Sunday.

The Reds are in desperate need of a win to keep their Premier League title defence alive, with Wednesday's shock 1-0 defeat at home to Brighton leaving them seven points adrift of leaders City – who still have a game-in-hand to play.

It has been a difficult season for Klopp’s men, having lost star defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long-term injuries earlier in the campaign.

Joel Matip is also set to miss the rest of the season after damaging ankle ligaments in last week’s 3-1 win away at Tottenham.

Defeat against Pep Guardiola’s men would all but end their hopes of retaining the title, but Carragher believes Alisson, Fabinho, Sadio Mane and new signing Ozan Kabak will come into the side for Sunday’s crunch clash at Anfield.

“There are no secrets with how Liverpool play, they have caused City huge problems before,” the Reds legend told Sky Sports.

“Guardiola has said this Liverpool team is the toughest he’s played against maybe in his managerial career.

“It’s not the Liverpool team we’ve seen in the last couple of years, but it will be different to what we saw against Brighton.

“I expect Alisson to be back, Fabinho could be back at centre-back, maybe the new centre-back Ozan Kabak plays with Jordan Henderson playing in midfield, and I think Sadio Mane will be back.

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  • “If that is the case, it would feel like Liverpool had half of their team back, so that would be a lot stronger proposition and I think Liverpool will give City a really good game, I really do.

    “Let’s not forget, this is a different City with no Sergio Aguero or Kevin De Bruyne, and this season has been all about keeping clean sheets.

    “Liverpool have been struggling to score goals against certain types of teams, but I wouldn’t class City as one of them.

    “City aren’t a defensive team, they are very good defensively, that’s a big difference.”

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