However, his departure is made slightly less painful by the prolific form of new hero Mohamed Salah, who already has 23 goals to his name after just 27 matches in all competitions.
Salah to step up?
Also in fine form with seven goals from his last eight starts, Roberto Firmino can be backed at 21/10 (3.10) to find the net for the third game against the Citizens.
The final remaining member of the so-called ‘Fab Four,’ Sadio Mane, is priced at 5/2 (3.50) to score a ninth goal of the campaign, while James Milner offers a 5/1 (6.00) long shot to get on the scoresheet for the third time against his former club.
Despite their embarrassment of attacking riches, the Reds may struggle to match the firepower lining up for Pep Guardiola’s outfit, who ran out 5-0 winners in September’s reverse encounter.
Aguero to steal the headlines
Responsible for the opener in that game, Sergio Aguero is the 7/2 (4.50) favourite to break the deadlock once again here.
Having scored six times in 11 previous appearances against this opposition, odds of 10/11 (1.91) certainly appear generous for a player with four goals in his last four matches – taking his tally to 19 in 21 starts in all competitions this season.
Enjoying his most productive campaign ever with 18 goals already, Raheem Sterling also offers plenty of temptation at 15/8 (2.88) to come back to haunt his former club.
Meanwhile, Leroy Sane is on offer at 23/10 (3.30) to add to the two goals he scored against Liverpool last time out, while Kevin De Bruyne is a 10/3 (4.33) shot to hit the net for the second game in succession.