A weakened Liverpool challenges Leicester for first place

Despite an impressive cascade of injuries, Liverpool will attempt to regain top spot in the Premier League on Sunday against leaders Leicester on matchday nine.

Bad luck and especially the infernal rhythm of matches weigh on Liverpool, which has seen its number even more reduced during the international break in the last two weeks.

Added to the already known absences of Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcántara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Trent Alexander Arnold, is that of their striker Mohamed Salah, who tested positive for covid-19.

An absence of weight that should be covered by the Portuguese Diogo Jota, in top form, and that would accompany Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané.

The injury of defender Joe Gomez in training with England is more problematic, as doubts surround the participation of young defender Rhys Williams and midfielder Jordan Henderson, after two blows in international matches.

The return of Fabinho, injured in the Champions League against Midtjylland, is not excluded. He would face Jamie Vardy, last season’s best scorer.

The Reds are one point behind Leicester, while Manchester City, 10th to six points from first place – one game less -, will play Tottenham, second, also one of the Foxes.

Despite their lukewarm start, the Citizens announced on Thursday the extension for two seasons, until 2023, of their coach Pep Guardiola, the club’s great bet to win the long-awaited first Champions League.

Other games to watch include the visit of the promoted West Bromwich Albion (18th) to Manchester United (14th), who are seeking their first win at Old Trafford this season.

Arsenal (11th) move to the stadium of another promoted one, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds (15th), with the aim of leaving the no-man’s-land they are passing through.

– Program of the ninth day of the English championship (in GMT hours):

– Saturday:

(12h30) Newcastle – Chelsea

(15h00) Aston Villa – Brighton

(17h30) Tottenham – Manchester City

(20h00) Manchester United – West Bromwich Albion

– Sunday:

(12h00) Fulham – Everton

(14h00) Sheffield United – West Ham

(16h30) Leeds – Arsenal

(19h00) Liverpool – Leicester

– Monday:

(17h30) Burnley – Crystal Palace

(20h00) Wolverhampton – Southampton

Classification: Pts JGEP GF GC Diff

1. Leicester 18 8 6 0 2 18 9 9

2. Tottenham 17 8 5 2 1 19 9 10

3. Liverpool 17 8 5 2 1 18 16 2

4. Southampton 16 8 5 1 2 16 12 4

5. Chelsea 15 8 4 3 1 20 10 10

6. Aston Villa 15 7 5 0 2 18 9 9

7. Everton 13 8 4 1 3 16 14 2

8. Crystal Palace 13 8 4 1 3 12 12 0

9. Wolverhampton 13 8 4 1 3 8 9 -1

10. Manchester City 12 7 3 3 1 10 9 1

11. Arsenal 12 8 4 0 4 9 10 -1

12. West Ham 11 8 3 2 3 14 10 4

13. Newcastle 11 8 3 2 3 10 13 -3

14. Manchester United 10 7 3 1 3 12 14 -2

15. Leeds 10 8 3 1 4 14 17 -3

16. Brighton 6 8 1 3 4 11 14 -3

17. Fulham 4 8 1 1 6 7 15 -8

18. West Bromwich 3 8 0 3 5 6 17 -11

19. Burnley 2 7 0 2 5 3 12 -9

20. Sheffield United 1 8 0 1 7 4 14 -10

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