Ederson ruled out of Liverpool clash, Claudio Bravo to start for Manchester City

Ederson was taken off at half-time against Atalanta on Wednesday. (Source: Twitter)

Before their trip to Liverpool, champions Manchester City have been dealt with a blow, as manager Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday that their goalkeeper Ederson is ruled out of the fixture with a "muscular problem".

Ederson was taken off at half-time of Manchester City’s chaotic 1-1 draw against Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday. The Brazilian was replaced by Claudio Bravo, who was later sent off after a challenge of Josip Ilicic. Kyle Walker, wing-back in nature, had to don the gloves for the remainder of the match.

In a press conference, Guardiola confirmed that the 26-year-old is not fit to play, but has full faith on reserve goalkeeper Bravo to step up to the occasion.

"He’s (Ederson) not able to play tomorrow, I don’t know how long he is out," he said.

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"Sunday he cannot play. We have another top keeper. Claudio Bravo can do it too, we won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup thanks to Claudio. He has a lot of experience with Chile. I have no doubts."

Although the Chilean goalkeeper has not played a league match since May 2018, the manager has full support for him. After signing from Barcelona in 2016, Bravo endured a difficult first campaign at the Etihad Stadium, before being replaced by Ederson in 2017.

"Why shouldn’t I be confident in my players? I would not like to be a player if my manager doubts me. I see him every day in training and how good a goalkeeper he is, we’re not going to lose because of Claudio."

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"The red card at Atalanta is because we lost the ball in a dangerous position. He won the Copa America, respect that guy, he’s an incredible goalkeeper," the 48-year-old Spanish manager added.

Liverpool, sitting at the top of the table, are unbeaten in 11 games this season and lead Manchester City by six points. The Jurgen Klopp-managed side are also unbeaten in their last 43 league games at home and welcome the reigning champions that have won 11 of their last 12 away matches.