Liverpool and Manchester City are anxiously awaiting the return of their players from international duty with England. Both teams have key players in North Macedonia. Therefore, there are concerns about potential injuries and the quality of the playing surface loom large. Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and City’s Pep Guardiola are keen for their stars to come back fit for the high-stakes game.
England’s Challenge and Klopp’s Concerns
England already secured a spot in the 2024 European Championship. Therefore, they are focused on finishing their qualification campaign strongly. Under Gareth Southgate, the team is striving to become the world’s top-ranked team.
Liverpool’s boss Jurgen Klopp is closely monitoring his player, Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is adapting to a midfield role with England. Jurgen Klopp prioritizes Trent Alexander-Arnold’s fitness, as the player adjusts to midfield for England.
Klopp, already dealing with injuries in his squad, hopes Alexander-Arnold returns unscathed for the Manchester City match. Key players like Andy Robertson, Ryan Gravenberch, Curtis Jones, Ibrahima Konate, and Joe Gomez are sidelined. So, Klopp is eager for positive news.
City’s International Contingent and Pitch Concerns
Manchester City also have a significant number of players in England’s squad. Concerns have arisen about the playing surface in North Macedonia, especially after Italy’s complaints about the Tose Proeski stadium’s turf. Premier League clubs worry about potential injuries from the match’s pitch condition.
The pitch in North Macedonia has been a source of contention. North Macedonia’s Eljif Elmas criticized its condition following a match against Italy. The playing surface is a concern for both Liverpool and Manchester City as their players participate in the international game. The upcoming Premier League clash is their primary focus. Liverpool aim to maintain their lead, while City is looking to close the gap. Fans are anticipating a thrilling game that could significantly influence the title race.
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