Erling Haaland injury gives Pep Guardiola a midfield dilemma for Liverpool FC fixture

Haaland previously went off injured in Citys 6-1 thrashing of Bournemouth at half time after feeling a discomfort in his ankle but did not miss any subsequent matches. It&aposs hoped he&aposll return almost as quickly this time.

City are already without several first-team players due to injury, and if Haaland is to miss the Reds trip to the Etihad, the Blues and Pep Guardiola will have to decide who will fill the void for the top-of-the-table clash.

Haaland has already scored 13 goals in 12 games in the Premier League this season, continuing his relentless goalscoring form, so it will be difficult for any player attempting to fill his shoes. He has not missed a single league match this season, so it will be an anxious wait for Guardiola awaiting further news on the severity of the injury.

Last season, Julian Alvarez played up front when he was in the starting 11 for City, but he was frequently benched when Haaland was available due to the Norwegian&aposs exceptional form. This season Alvarez has adopted a number 10 attacking midfield role in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne.

Alvarez could potentially start as the number 9 for City against Liverpool, allowing for Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden to start in midfield, but this may disrupt Citys play which we have seen throughout the season so far.

Alvarez has been solid from midfield this season and Guardiola may not want to disrupt this form. The Argentine has been prolific, with four goals and four assists. dominating the midfield alongside Phil Foden this season and providing service to the forwards, so it may not benefit City to alter this.

Guardiola is always prepared for any scenario, so City could opt for the false 9, which we have seen them do often after the departure of Sergio Aguero saw them struggling without a staple number 9, but who could play in that role?

With the current form of Alvarez in midfield, Guardiola might not want to take him out of this midfield and risk disrupting the confidence and form of the player, as well as the momentum of the team. Alvarez has appeared comfortable in midfield since the start of this season.

It means Foden may be the only sensible replacement option. The England starlet has played in this role in the past, and has performed when he has been called upon by manager Pep Guardiola.