Manchester City star Raheem Sterling is set to come up against former side Liverpool.
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling could play centrally in place of Sergio Aguero against Liverpool at Anfield, claims Manchester United legend Gary Neville.
Sterling has shone for City this season in a wide left position.
However, Neville can see City boss Pep Guardiola providing a “shock” team selection by changing his formation.
Neville reckons City’s injury woes in defence could lead to Guardiola playing with a three-at-the-back formation.
And therefore he sees Aguero dropping out up front and Sterling playing centrally in his place.
“I have said since City lost [Aymeric] Laporte [to injury]that I thought they may go to three at the back,” Neville said on Sky Sports.
“I’m not sure Aguero will play today, I’m not sure that Sterling will play in that traditional position [on the left wing].
“I know that he’s not gone to three at the back yet but I just really doubt the idea of Fernandinho and [John] Stones at centre-back today to be honest with you for City.
“I look at the way Pep’s sometimes in big games come up with a shock, sometimes he’s done something different.
“It wouldn’t surprise me to see Sterling through the middle.”
If Raheem Sterling does play in his more common position on the left of a front three, he is likely to come up against Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
And Neville says it would be a difficult afternoon for Alexander-Arnold up against his England team-mate.
“If you look at this sort of movement, this would cause any full-back problems, it would cause Trent problems,” Neville said on Sterling.
“This type of run inside, I don’t think he’s always tight enough to his centre-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“I think sometimes he does lose his position inside.”
Manchester City are set to be without No 1 goalkeeper Ederson for the trip to Anfield due to a thigh injury.
I’m not sure Aguero will play today, I’m not sure that Sterling will play in that traditional position