Sergio Aguero is one of the greatest strikers of the Premier League, with 180 goals making him fourth on the list of all-time top strikers.
As for reason, his absence can only benefit Liverpool, especially when they lack Virgil van Dijk in the center of defense.
However, the statistics somewhat suggest Manchester City have a better scoring record without Aguero than when they have him in them.
Manchester City averaged 2.2 goals per game in all competitions when Agüero played at least one minute in the game, compared with 2.5 goals per game when he was not.
That could be explained by the fact that Aguero is more likely to take a break or skip games against lesser opponents.
Man City, for example, averaged 1.9 goals per game against other “big six” teams – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham with Aguero – compared with 1.5 goals per game without him.
Liverpool is an exception.
Interestingly, Manchester City averaged 1.5 goals per game against the Reds when Aguero came on, but 1.8 per game when he wasn’t.
Gabriel Jesus is likely to lead Man City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with the Brazilian returning to action in midweek with a UEFA Champions League goal.
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Otherwise, Ferran Torres or Raheem Sterling could take up a more central role, while Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez compete for wide positions.
Liverpool will not have Thiago Alcantara, as well as Van Dijk, for the clash, as confirmed by Jurgen Klopp.
“Thiago, that’s it. It was injury but no surgery, all of it but it still takes time,” Klopp said at the pre-match press conference.
“The challenge that day was a tough one and direct against the foot, so it still has to adapt but it will improve. It won’t be too long but for this match I don’t think he will take part. family. “