Just weeks before Manchester City took on Liverpool, Pep Guardiola stated that he didn’t want to “take risks” with Erling Haaland, who was replaced at halftime of the team’s 6-1 victory over Bournemouth.
Haaland got the start in the match at the Etihad as City won thanks to goals from Jeremy Doku, Bernardo Silva (2), Manuel Akanji, Phil Foden, and Nathan Ake. However, at halftime, Foden took Haaland’s place as the striker appeared to stumble down the tunnel.
The Norwegian, who had an incredible first season in the Premier League with 36 goals, could miss City’s match against Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday, but he should be back in action for the team’s trip to Chelsea on Sunday.
After the match, Guardiola addressed Haaland, saying, “We didn’t want to take any chances with him because he didn’t feel comfortable. He had a twist in his ankle.” He may return on Tuesday, but he may not return until Sunday.”
Even though they have played one more game than Tottenham and Arsenal, City is now leading the Premier League. They will take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge the following weekend. Liverpool will travel to the Etihad to compete in the most recent Premier League match between the two teams following the international break.
Liverpool will be hoping to head to Manchester on November 25 after winning four straight Premier League games; they hope to build on their previous victory against Brentford and Luton Town in the next eight days, as well as wins over Everton and Nottingham Forest.