Liverpool will end a frantic week of football on Saturday as they take on Manchester City at Wembley to try and earn a place in the FA Cup final.
After playing each other in the Premier League last weekend, the two clubs were both in Champions League action on Wednesday night, both securing a place in the semi-finals.
Looking ahead to this latest showdown between the Premier League’s top two, it seems as though the Merseyside club may have been handed a double injury boost which could improve their chances of securing victory.
During the second half of City’s 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid, both Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker were taken off with suspected injuries.
Speaking after the draw in Madrid, City boss Pep Guardiola said that the club are in “big trouble” when asked about the injury situation.
With De Bruyne having a knack for scoring in big games such as the opener between City and Liverpool last weekend, potentially not having him in the side at Wembley would surely be a big boost for the Reds and diminish City’s attacking power somewhat. Indeed, the Belgian has a higher average of shot-creating actions per 90 minutes than any other City starter in the Premier League so far this season.
With Walker boasting a combined total of 48 tackles and interceptions throughout the current campaign, he too would be a big miss for the reigning league champions, in terms of being able to deal with Liverpool’s attacking stars.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s showdown at Wembley, if City were to be without both players through injury, this would be great news for Jurgen Klopp and definitely give his side an advantage.
Having twice come from behind to secure a point at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, the Reds will definitely want to beat their title rivals this time around.
Also, with the Merseyside club having already tasted success at Wembley earlier this season when they won the Carabao Cup, the players will presumably jump at the chance to get their hands on some more silverware.
However, for the time being, it’s a waiting game regarding the fitness of Walker and De Bruyne, which will surely have a lot of people at the Manchester club sweating.