"Obviously being out for longer than we'd first hoped for is hard to swallow but it's part and parcel of the industry", he said. West Ham, who had been the better side to that point, levelled through Michail Antonio within six minutes, with the kind of goal that title hopefuls simply shouldn't be conceding. Manuel Pellegrini is likely to set his team up in a 4-4-2 formation against the Merseysiders, with the fit-again Fabianski set to start between the sticks.
Liverpool would have been happy to reach half time level, although they nearly produced a smash-and-grab second shortly before the interval when Mane got across his man and glanced Milner's free kick into the arms of Fabianski.
"Maybe it's going to be an advantage for them, I don't know". The returning Milner will take up the right-back slot and will have a battle at his hands to keep Felipe Anderson in check.
Gomez had made 18 appearances for the Premier League leaders before suffering the injury on 5 December. After the game in Newcastle, Liverpool were seven points ahead and now they are two.
"For the Liverpool people it would be fantastic if they won it. Man City have won a few".
West Ham: When West Ham beat Arsenal in mid January, it looked like the club was about to turn the corner.
Liverpool's early exit from domestic cup competitions could give them an advantage in the title race, according to Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. Add to that, the injuries to Samir Nasri and Marko Arnautovic, which have stacked the odds against them even more.