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Pep Guardiola issues triple fitness update ahead of Liverpool showdown as Manchester City star suffers gruesome injury



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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has provided an update on the fitness of Jack Grealish, Jeremy Doku and Matheus Nunes ahead of Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Anfield on Sunday afternoon looking to move ahead of Liverpool and to the top of the Premier League table with a victory on Merseyside.

Manchester City currently remain amidst a major Premier League title race, with just two points separating Jurgen Klopp’s side, Arsenal and the Sky Blues ahead of the final months of the campaign and this weekend’s fixtures.

City, who came from behind to beat Manchester United 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, are unbeaten in all competitions since early December and also qualified for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in midweek.

Both Jack Grealish and Jeremy Doku missed Wednesday evening’s win over FC Copenhagen, meanwhile Matheus Nunes was forced off midway through the second-half after suffering a nasty hand injury.

The trio are set to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s trip to Merseyside, with Manchester City having won just two of their past seven matches against Liverpool in all competitions.

Grealish scored during last season’s 4-1 win over the Reds at the Etihad, and Doku started November’s 1-1 draw with Klopp’s side, as Erling Haaland’s goal was cancelled out by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s 80th minute strike.

Grealish will remain sidelined for Sunday’s match confirmed Guardiola during his press conference at the City Football Academy on Friday afternoon, with both Doku and Nunes to be assessed on Saturday.

The Manchester City first-team will train on Saturday ahead of the visit to Anfield, with the players given the day off on Friday.

The Blues will also be staying in Manchester on Saturday evening ahead of the fixture, opting against staying in Merseyside overnight and to instead travel on the day of the fixture.

Jack Gaughan revealed the decision was made to mitigate the risk of ‘potential fireworks displays or general tomfoolery’ following recent incidents at past meetings between the two teams.