A clean bill of health for the return to domestic action puts City in good shape to qualify for the quarter-finals and knock out the champions in the process.
World Cup stars continue to return to the Spaniard’s team, but Julián Álvarez will miss the fourth round tie having played Argentina in the final on Sunday.
It remains to be seen if those who played in the round of 16, such as Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Ederson, will be available for City.
On Saturday, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan started a 2-0 friendly win over Girona.
That formation included Erling Haaland and Riyah Mahrez, as well as several youngsters. Guardiola could once again turn to the likes of Cole Palmer, Rico Lewis and Shea Charles for the match against Liverpool.
“At the moment, we have four or five players, and we will have to wait and see how the others come back,” the City boss said after the win, naming Aymerc Laporte, Nathan Ake and Rodri as the three previous returnees from Qatar. .
“But we just don’t have players because the big brains in football decided this schedule and we’re going to play this game.” [against Liverpool]. Some players are coming back now and in the days to come and, step by step, they will join their teammates here.”
Predicted Manchester City XI: Ortega; Lewis, Charles, Laporte, Gomez; De Bruyne, Phillips, Gundogan; Mahrez, Haaland, Palmer. .