Manchester City's resilience during the 1-1 draw against Atalanta gave Fernandinho encouragement over their prospects at Liverpool.
From pulled thigh muscles to a black eye and shin-pad problems, little about John Stones' season at Man City has been straightforward.
Manchester City's defensive issues have come to the fore this season, but where has it gone wrong, and what can Pep Guardiola do to help?
Fernandinho's Manchester City contract expires at the end of the season and Pep Guardiola is eager for him to stay.
Fernandinho hopes to continue improving in his new defensive role for an injury-hit Manchester City.
Fernandinho made a successful transition from midfield to defence as injury-hit Manchester City beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 in Ukraine.
Kyle Walker could be used as a centre-back by Manchester City if Aymeric Laporte is out for a prolonged period, says Pep Guardiola.
Rodri is capable of matching Fernandinho's consistently high level of performances, according to his Manchester City team-mates.
With Casemiro suspended, Allan will start for Brazil in their Copa America quarter-final against Paraguay.
Manchester City's crunch clash with Burnley sees Pep Guardiola's side without Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho, as well as Kevin De Bruyne.