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Pep Guardiola says Man City ‘have big problems’ with injuries to Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker but Liverpool should have Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota ready for FA Cup clash


Pep Guardiola believes his injured Manchester City side are ‘in big trouble’ ahead of their FA Cup semi-final clash against an in-form Liverpool side.

City came through a bruising quarter-final with Atletico Madrid to reach the last four of the Champions League, but did not emerge unscathed.

Walker spent time on deck before being retired later
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Pep Guardiola says Man City 'have big problems' with injuries to Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker but Liverpool should have Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota ready for FA Cup clash
While De Bruyne watched with pain on the bench
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Snags on the pitch and in the tunnel saw an overly physical tie descend into chaos, with two of Guardiola’s first-choice stars taken out of the fray early.

Both Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker left the pitch early with apparent injuries during the match, and the latter has since been photographed in a protective boot.

Guardiola was delighted with his side’s ability to keep the game scoreless, winning the game 1-0 on aggregate, but wasn’t overly optimistic about the immediate future.

“Today we are celebrating because it is the third time in Manchester City history that we have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League,” he said after the match.

“But we can’t forget that we played three days ago, travelled, came here, have a lot of injuries now and I don’t know what will happen in the next few weeks.

“We can’t play all the time and score four or five goals, we’re human beings – we’ve come from a tough game against Liverpool.


Pep Guardiola says Man City 'have big problems' with injuries to Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker but Liverpool should have Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota ready for FA Cup clash
Guardiola seemed rather worried
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“We are in big trouble.”

Conversely, Liverpool have received two knocks to key players, but these appear to be much less costly.

Mohamed Salah started the Reds’ Champions League clash with Benfica on the bench before replacing Diogo Jota just before the hour mark, and the two struggled minor.

Manager Jurgen Klopp commented on the situation, saying: “I said last night that Diogo had taken a blow – it swelled slightly right after the game, obviously while I was in a press conference.

Pep Guardiola says Man City 'have big problems' with injuries to Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker but Liverpool should have Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota ready for FA Cup clash
Jota and Salah should be ready to go
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“Diogo, there’s a good chance he’ll be fine but we have to take a closer look tomorrow. That’s it.”

“Mo’s toc, I don’t really know, nobody told me yet. I changed with two physios and nobody told me that Mo had a problem, so for now everyone should be fine.

Neither managed to find the net in a 3-3 draw with Benfica as Liverpool reached the semi-finals with a 6-4 aggregate victory, with one of their fellow strikers taking the burden.

Roberto Firmino made a striking return to Klopp’s line-up, scoring a brace, while the team’s other two forward options, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz, are also fit and ready for the break-in.

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