Liverpool fans, on the other hand, were hesitant to get their hopes up, since Pep Guardiola is renowned for occasionally stretching the facts when it comes to fitness bulletins ahead of key games.
Ederson, Nathan Ake, Mateo Kovacic, Matheus Nunes, Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, and Sergio Gomez were previously listed as doubts for the match, but the newest reports indicate that City’s No. 9 will be available.
Fabrizio Romano has said that the striker’s injury is “not serious” and that he will be available for the visit of Liverpool.
“Understand Erling Haaland’s injury is not serious, and he will be fit for City vs. Liverpool,” Romano remarked on Sunday morning.
“Haaland will not risk to play vs Scotland after his problem but he’ll be regularly back for Man City.”
The 23-year-old appears to be on the bench for Norway’s trip to Scotland on Sunday evening, with their final Group A qualifier for Euro 2024 virtually a dead rubber after failing to achieve a top-two spot.
Haaland was claimed to have suffered an ankle injury during his team’s 2-0 friendly win over the Faroe Islands on Thursday, forcing him to be removed halfway through.
Saturday, October 8, 2022, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Erling Haaland of Manchester City applauds the fans following the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Southampton FC at the Etihad Stadium. (Image courtesy of David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Liverpool will face their own fitness difficulties, as Andy Robertson, Thiago, and Stefan Bajcetic all continue to recover from long-term injuries.
Curtis Jones, Ryan Gravenberch, Ibrahima Konate, and Joe Gomez are all expected to return to the Reds after being sidelined with injuries during the international break.
The encounter on Saturday will have ramifications at the top of the Premier League standings, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool trying to keep pace with last season’s treble winners and launch a title challenge.
They appear to be on track to do so while competing with one of the world’s best strikers in Haaland, as we all predicted!