10th place Liverpool will be out to cut the gap on leaders Manchester City when they travel to the Etihad on Saturday evening.
The Reds may be nine places off Manuel Pellegrini’s side however of more importance is the point different which stands at just 9 points.
A win in Manchester would be a welcome boost for Jurgen Klopp after he witnessed his side lose for the first time under his management last time out against Crystal Palace.
Klopp will make a decision on whether to start with Daniel Sturridge for the crunch clash. The England forward has missed the last 6 weeks through injury but declared himself fit for the Saturday evening meeting.
However, Klopp has yet to decide if the forward is fit enough to take his place in the squad, telling reporters “He’s as good as he can be after the long break “I will decide this tomorrow. His quality is outstanding, but everybody needs to train. He has been out for five weeks and hasn’t trained much.”
“As a striker, sometimes, five minutes are enough. I’ll have to see tomorrow and think about it after the press conference. He has to train now, that’s for sure. Four-and-a-half weeks, he couldn’t train. No cycling or running. Maybe we should. But first of all, five years contract, everyone wants to see more of him but we have to find the right balance and we’ll see.”
Elsewhere Jordan Henderson is edging closer to a return while James Milner should be fit after a hamstring complaint.
City, unbeaten in their last 6 games at home to Liverpool, are also set for a boost with Sergio Aguero in line to return. The Argentine forward has not featured since scoring five against Newcastle at the beginning of October but has resumed training and could feature.
It’s not all good news for City with Samir Nasri out until February with a severe hamstring injury.