Kevin de Bruyne closing in on Manchester City return, says Pep Guardiola

Karem Demirbay could again be on the bench against Manchester City after only recently returning from an abductor injury

Looking worthy of the extravagant fee his purchase required both at the start of this and last season, Mendy has yet to put a sustained number of appearances together in a City shirt. Mendy's timekeeping has been a problem before and Guardiola was disappointed by the 24-year-old's tardiness to a physio session.

Mendy had spent the previous night in London watching Anthony Joshua's world heavyweight boxing title fight against Alexander Povetkin. I spoke with him.

Two of City's three wins at home this season against teams outside the big six have been by at least three goals, although their strike-rate in that category last season was only 50%, so it is far from assured that trend will continue, especially against Hughton's well-organised team. Now he's injured again.

Reds chief Klopp said: "We had chances and we played fantastic football".

Next up on the agenda is a Champions League group stage game against Napoli before Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield in an early clash of two of the Premier League's heavyweights.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to start for City at left-back
Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to start for City at left-back

"He arrived late, that happens sometimes, in the last period a lot have arrived late because of the traffic". Every day he's having treatment.

Manchester City has rattled off three straight wins by a combined 10-1 score since drawing with Wolves back in late August. "I expect him back when he's fit, which should be quite soon". "But he's not in his best condition right now physically because of the problem in his foot". The City manager saw his side beat Brighton 2-0 in comfortable fashion at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.

"He's making the last steps, starting training in part in the next days".

Although no specification to what kind of trouble this is has been forthcoming, it is clear that the French full back, for all of his undoubted potential, may not last at the club much longer if changes to his approach are not made.

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