– Liverpool host Manchester City in a crunch Premier League clash next month
– Both teams are major contenders for the EPL gong at the end of the season
– Belgian star De Bruyne might miss out of the game due to a hamstring injury
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Kevin de Bruyne may have been ruled out of Manchester City’s Premier League clash against defending champions Liverpool at Anfield early next month.
The Belgian playmaker lasted just 59 minutes in his side’s 2-0 triumph over Aston Villa before he was replaced by Gabriel Jesus after picking up a hamstring injury in the game.
Although the extent of his injury is not known yet, however, he is expected to miss a few games with the Reds encounter one of them.
The Citizens are scheduled to face West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield United and Burnley in the English topflight before their meeting with the Merseyside outfit.
This is now a double miss for Pep Guardiola who has also lost his top scorer Sergio Aguero to coronavirus.
The Argentine confirmed he is self-isolating after coming into contact with a friend who had the virus as reported by Daily Mail.
He returned a positive earlier this week and is likely to return to training towards the end of next week. The striker has not started a match since October 24 after battling with injury.
Thursday was a year to the day since the 32-year-old last scored in the Premier League, with talks over a new contract yet to begin despite his deal expiring at the end of the season.
The absence of De Bruyne is seen as the biggest blow to City. The Belgian now has 100 assists for the club and has created more chances than any other Premier League player this season.
Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva or Phil Foden will be asked to take on greater creative responsibility as the club’s vice-captain recovers.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Reigning Premier League champions Liverpool suffered an embarrassing home defeat against Burnley in a result no football fan believed would happen.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into this game with the hope of keeping the pressure on Manchester United who are currently topping the Premier League table, but they were unable to get a good result at Anfield.
The visitors had the first chance to score in this tie through Chris Wood who was superbly set up by midfielder Ashley Westwood, but he was unable to beat goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
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