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“Lucky Reds”: Liverpool handed double massive boost ahead of their FA semi-final clash with Manchester City.

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KIRKBY, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Juergen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on during the Liverpool Training Session ahead of the UEFA Champions League match against Benfica at AXA Training Centre on April 12, 2022 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Manchester City could be without both Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker for their FA cup tie with Liverpool due to injury.

Man City vs Liverpool epic rivalry continues as both meet at Wembley for a place in the FA Cup final. – (Getty Images)

Manchester City and Liverpool meet again on Saturday in an eagerly-anticipated FA Cup semi-final showdown following a pulsating 2-2 draw between the two sides at the Etihad last time out, with the final show down between either Chelsea or Crystal Palace on hold.

Man City, meanwhile, have a series of fitness problems to consider, with new blows to both Kyle Walker and Kevin De Bruyne as they overcame Atletico Madrid in their quarter-final.

The pair were substituted after suffering leg injuries in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg tie at Atletico Madrid.

“They have not trained since returning to England. We will see [on Saturday] about De Bruyne and Walker,” said Guardiola.

“He [De Bruyne] has stitches in his calf, it is not a muscular injury. Walker had a big twist but is getting better.”

The Reds and their Premier League title rivals both navigated their way into the Champions League semi-finals as a final meeting in Paris next month becomes increasingly likely.

Walker being out would mean Joao Cancelo having to switch from the left-back role he has excelled in this season, with Nathan Ake likely coming in after only starting two games since mid-February.

While far from the greatest defender, not having Walker’s electric pace to mop up counter-attacks would also mean City losing one of their underrated weapons.

Meanwhile, De Bruyne has been an increasingly influential presence as the season has gone on, scoring six goals in his last seven appearances, so his absence would feel significant.

 

 

 

 

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