Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has stated that Alberto Moreno and Lazar Markovic would be available to face Manchester City on Monday night.
Markovic, who was brought in from Benfica for £20 million, is set to make his debut and much is expected from the talented 20 year old winger who has seemed extremely confident in all his interviews. But the Reds’ costliest signing of the summer, Adam Lallana will still miss the game despite returning to training.
“Markovic will come into the squad, he’s been excellent in training and worked very hard to come back. Adam Lallana is on the latter stages of his rehabilitation so he’ll join the group but won’t be in the squad for Monday. He’s been with our conditioning coaches, so he’ll train with the team on Sunday so he’s looking in great condition and we’ve just got to get him up to match speed” said the Liverpool manager.
Jose Enrique missed out almost the entire previous season with a knee injury. He participated in the pre-season with the Reds but did not feature for the club in the season opener against Southampton. The Spaniard is still doubtful for Liverpool’s big test against Manchester City. Club vice captain Daniel Agger whose future with the Merseyside club is still doubtful, will also miss the game with injury along with 21 year old Jon Flanagan.
“Jose Enrique, we’ll see how Jose goes and Daniel Agger is still out but apart from that the squad is healthy and looking very good. Jon Flanagan still needs a bit more time,” confirmed Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool made Alberto Moreno their seventh summer signing and the 22 year old ex-Sevilla player is ready to face City and would want to prove why the club spent all summer courting him.
Rodgers said, “He’ll be in the squad, he comes in fit. He’s a young player that is very dynamic going forward. He gives us balance – he has got a great left foot, passes it well and sees the pass early. He gets forward on the outside and can penetrate on the inside.”
With the form Glen Johnson has been in, Liverpool fans would hope Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo both start the game. However, it remains a strong possibility that Brendan Rodgers would start the England international and either one of Manquillo or Moreno would start from the bench.
Predicted Liverpool line-up (4-3-3)- Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno; Gerrard (c), Henderson, Lucas; Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge