Manchester City have been dealt a huge injury blow ahead of their colossal Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield after Pep Guardiola confirmed Ederson will miss the game through injury.
The Brazilian was withdrawn at half-time during City’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday with a muscular problem, with Chilean stopper Claudio Bravo coming on in his stead for the clash at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.
Bravo failed to cover himself in glory in his rare appearance for Guardiola’s men in that clash, earning himself a red card for a sliding tackle on Josip Ilicic outside the box. Kyle Walker deputised in goal as a result.
But he will be between the sticks again come Sunday, with Guardiola confirming in his pre-match press conference, quoted by the club’s official website, that he has every faith in Bravo’s ability.
“Ederson is not able to play. I don’t know how long he will be out for, but Sunday, he cannot play.
“We have another keeper. Claudio Bravo and he can do it, too. I have every confidence in him. We won the Carabao Cup thanks to Claudio. He is an exceptional keeper and has won a lot of international games and tournaments with Chile. I have no doubts.”
Ederson has been a key figure for Pep Guardiola’s side since joining the club from Benfica in 2017, playing every game in the Citizens‘ successful title defence last term. During that spell, he kept 20 clean sheets in the Premier League, the second highest behind Liverpool’s Alisson Becker.
He had also started every league and European game for City so far this season as the champions bid for a maiden Champions League crown, while they also have their sights set becoming only the second club in Premier League history to win the league title three seasons in a row.
Sunday’s pivotal encounter bears extra significance after the two side’s respective starts to the season. City have already lost twice this campaign in the league, while Liverpool remain unbeaten, dropping only two points as they command a six-point lead over their nearest challengers.
With Ederson out, he joins defensive midfielder Rodri and left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko in the treatment room, while long-term absentees Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte continue their rehabilitation from a cruciate ligament rupture and knee injury respectively.