Liverpool legend Steve Nicol ‘scared’ Man City will give Jurgen Klopp’s side ‘a pasting’

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol is scared his former side could be in for a hiding against Manchester City on Sunday. Liverpool visit the Etihad in the first meeting between last season’s Premier League top two this term. The Reds head into the fixture in better form having started the weekend’s action top of the table.

Meanwhile, City are mid-table having won just three of their opening six matches of the campaign.

Pep Guardiola’s side are struggling to score goals, having had both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus injured at the same time.

Jesus is set to be available on Sunday against a weakened Liverpool defence.

With Virgil van Dijk out for the remainder of the season, Jurgen Klopp has to choose a partner for Joe Gomez.

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Fabinho is yet to return from his hamstring injury, though Joel Matip could be back in contention.

If Matip is not ready to start, Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips are the other options for Klopp.

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And Nicol is worried City could hit form at just the wrong time for his beloved Liverpool.

“They’re due to give somebody in the Premier League a pasting,” Nicol told ESPN FC.

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“The chances they’ve created and missed in the last three or four Premier league games is just un-City like to be frank and eventually they’re going to blow that door wide open.

“So that would be my only fear playing against City.

“Clearly Liverpool’s problems are at centre-back and that again adds to why I’m scared, because City are due to score some goals in some big bunches.

“So what Liverpool have got defensively is the only thing that really I am concerned about.”

Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted he will “miss” coming up against Van Dijk on Sunday.

“The most important thing is that the surgery was good and I hope he can recover as quickly as possible,” Guardiola said.

“I will miss him, I like to play with the best players on the pitch and Liverpool remains an incredibly top team because the structure is there.

“Every player knows what they have to do and the result against Atalanta.

“We faced them last season and know how hard it is to beat them away – and they did it.

“Liverpool remains a top class team.”

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