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Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus of the England team Manchester City runs during the charity football match Ousadia vs Pedalada at Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo, on December 22, 2016.
Donations in tribute to the victims of the November 28, 2016 Colombia plane crash that killed nearly the entire Brazilian Chapecoense football team will go to the Neymar Jr. Project Institute in Praia Grande, São Paulo. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel SCHINCARIOL

• Mourinho Confident Against Liverpool
One player who won’t be playing this weekend is Gabriel Jesus.

The Brazilian arrived at the Etihad this month from Palmeiras, five months after City signed him for £27m in August.

But Pep Guardiola says the 19-year-old can’t stay because he has not been registered in time to make his City debut against Everton.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil appears to be looking forward to his return from injury this weekend against Swansea.

Meanwhile, tomorrow’s game at Old Trafford is arguably more important for Manchester United because, if they beat Liverpool, their momentum grows and the gap between them and the top four gets even smaller.

Jose Mourinho’s side will be full of confidence too. They are on a nine game-winning run, look strong and powerful and all their big players have been performing very well for the last couple of months.

Paul Pogba is definitely one of the United players who has hit form.

Along with two of United’s other summer signings, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Mkhitaryan, the France midfielder is playing at somewhere near the levels we know he can.

Pogba’s statistics show his growing influence on United’s attack and I think he and Ibrahimovic in particular have built up a great rapport – they both seem to know each other’s game now.

There might be an expectation from some people for Pogba to show why he is the most expensive player in the world against Liverpool, with a really dominant display in a match of this magnitude.

Culled from BBC Sports

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