Liverpool set for fitness boost ahead of Manchester City Premier League clash

Klopp: Playing Man City one of the ‘most difficult games in the world’



Liverpool are set to welcome back a key influence for Sunday’s trip to Manchester City.

The Reds go to the Etihad Stadium looking to return to the top of the Premier League ahead of the forthcoming international break, and knowing that a win would see them strike a huge blow in the title race.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have lost on each of their last three trips to the Etihad in the league, although last season’s 4-0 defeat did come in the days after they had been celebrating winning the title for the first time in 30 years.

One of the key developments since that title win has of course been the serious knee injury sustained by star defender Virgil van Dijk, but Klopp seems set to welcome back Joel Matip for the visit to Pep Guardiola’s side.

a man wearing a uniform: Klopp saw his side beat Atalanta in the Champions League in midweek

Klopp saw his side beat Atalanta in the Champions League in midweek

Liverpool’s last three matches have each seen a different player start alongside Joe Gomez in the centre of their defence, with Fabinho starting the Champions League clash against FC Midtjylland before going off injured.

The Brazilian was then replaced by Nat Phillips for last Saturday’s Premier League win over West Ham, and then with Phillips not registered for the Champions League it was teenager Rhys Williams who came in for the midweek trip to Atalanta.

Now though, it appears that Matip will return to the side to partner Gomez and make his first appearance since last month’s Merseyside derby.

Joel Matip wearing a uniform and holding a football ball: Matip has been back in training with the Reds

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Matip has been back in training with the Reds

He started that game with Gomez coming on for the injured Van Dijk, but incredibly this clash at the Etihad seems likely to be the first time that Matip and Gomez start together in the heart of the Liverpool defence.

Klopp faces a dilemma over who to select in attack, with the in-form Diogo Jota and mainstay Roberto Firmino both hoping to start alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

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PM Pediatrics Opens 2nd Connecticut Location In Manchester

MANCHESTER, CT — PM Pediatrics, the nation’s largest provider of pediatric urgent care, has opened its newest location at 1500C Pleasant Valley Rd in Manchester.

That’s the Plaza at Buckland Hills shopping center.

The Manchester location is the second location in Connecticut and the 61st nationwide. Dr. James Parker will serve as medical director for the Manchester office.

PM Pediatrics has its corporate headquarters in New Hyde Park, NY.

The Manchester location will be open seven days a week from Noon until 10 p.m. daily. In addition to serving various acute care needs for newborns to age 26, the office will also offer coronavirus testing after an assessment for both children and adults.

The office will also continue to offer virtual visits via the PM Pediatrics Anywhere app. More information on virtual visits with PM Pediatrics Anywhere can be found at

“We are thrilled to expand our unique formula of specialized urgent care for children and young adults into more communities in Connecticut,” said Steven Katz, co-founder and co-CEO of PM Pediatrics. “Our Manchester office will provide child-friendly care that focuses on the safety and well-being of everyone in the office, especially in times of COVID-19.”

The Manchester, CT office occupies approximately 3,900 square feet and is decorated in a jungle theme with an “immersive child-friendly design” as well as televisions with children’s programming in each room.

“Every one of our offices is focused on the pediatric patient experience– from the murals on the walls depicting playful themes to the exam rooms outfitted with familiar kids’ characters,” said Dr. Jeffrey Schor, co-founder and co-CEO of PM Pediatrics. “Our healthcare team provides top-quality care and ensures the comfort of every patient we see.”

Officials said the state-of-the-art Manchester, CT practice is staffed by a healthcare team with experience in Pediatric Emergency and urgent care medicine, including board-certified pediatric emergency physicians and pediatricians, and features onsite digital x-ray and lab.

PM Pediatrics claims more than 3 million visits.

For more information about PM Pediatrics and a list of locations, visit, Facebook @PMPediatrics, Twitter @pmpeds and Instagram @pmpediatrics.

This article originally appeared on the Manchester Patch

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The Latest: UK Gives Manchester Deadline to OK Tighter Rules | World News

LONDON — The British government has given the city of Manchester a noon Tuesday deadline to agree to tighter coronavirus measures, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson struggles to impose his plan for localized restrictions on restive regions.

Johnson’s government is resisting a recommendation from its scientific advisory committee for a short “circuit-breaker” lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Instead it has adopted a three-tier system for England, with areas classed as medium, high and very high risk. In the top tier, pubs have to close and people are barred from mixing with members of other households.

So far only the Liverpool and Lancashire regions of northwest England have been placed in the highest tier. Nearby Greater Manchester, with a population of almost 3 million, has been holding out for more support for workers and businesses affected by the restrictions.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said if the government imposed the measures, “we would obviously have to accept that decision … But I would say to them at this point are they sure that that is a wise thing to do?”


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LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s prime minister is backing down from his plan to make the government’s COVID-19 tracing app mandatory.

Prime Minister Antonio Costa said in a television interview that the widely contested move, which was due to be voted on later this week in parliament, required further debate.

Portugal’s Stayaway COVID app has been downloaded 2.3 million times — just over one third of the government’s target.

Costa’s plan for compulsory use was widely criticized as unworkable. Among other complaints, police said the measure was unenforceable, and legal experts said it was unconstitutional.

Parliament is expected on Friday to make the wearing of face masks mandatory outdoors.

BERLIN — A district in Germany’s Alpine southeastern corner is going into a de-facto lockdown Tuesday after reporting well above 200 new cases per 100,000 residents in a week, the highest level in a country that is still in better shape than many others in Europe.

Schools, restaurants and other facilities in the Berchtesgaden district, on the border with Austria, are being closed for 14 days. Hotels there

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