Liverpool vs Manchester City team news: Sterling dropped for Champions League clash

The England international won't start against his former club at Anfield on Wednesday

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has dropped Raheem Sterling for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool.

The England international won't get the opportunity to start against his former club, with Sterling reduced to a role on the bench at Anfield.

Kevin De Bruyne is expected to start on the right flank, with Ilkay Gundogan in a central attacking midfield role.

Gabriel Jesus gets the nod up top, with Sergio Aguero not available because of a knee injury.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has made two changes from the side that earned a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace this past weekend.

Dejan Lovren steps in for the injured Joel Matip in central defence, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gets the start over Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield.

Liverpool XI: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mane, Firmino, Salah

Substitutes: Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Moreno, Ings, Solanke, Masterson

Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Laporte; Fernandinho, Silva; De Bruyne, Gundogan, Sane; Jesus

Substitutes: Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Sterling, Delph, Bernardo, Zinchenko