Liverpool team news: Injuries, likely line-up and more vs Manchester United
With Liverpool’s title fight already faltering with two draws in their first two games, Jurgen Klopp could have avoided further injury strikes.
But that’s exactly what the German got in what he described as “like we had a witch in the building” after meeting Crystal Palace on Monday.
Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino both missed this game after joining a long list of misses in build-up.
The Sporting News is on hand to bring you the news on whether this pair are likely to return and the rest of the Reds’ team news ahead of a delicious trip against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
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Expected Liverpool line-up: Reds start XI vs United
Here’s what Liverpool’s squad could look like in a 4-3-3 formation: Alisson (TG) – Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson – Henderson, Fabinho, Elliott – Salah, Firmino, Diaz.
Liverpool injury news for Palace showdown
The good news for Klopp is that Firmino is expected to be fit in time to fill the spot created by Darwin Nunez’s suspension following his red card against Crystal Palace.
However, Joel Matip will stand on the sidelines for up to two weeks, joining fellow defenders Ibrahima Konate and Calvin Ramsay in the treatment room.
Joe Gomez should at least be able to replace Nat Phillips in the middle after starting off the bench against Palace as a precaution.
But a number of long-term absentees will be absent, including midfielders Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Meanwhile, Klopp’s attacking options are being thinned by the continued absence of Diogo Jota and backup goalkeeper Caomhin Kelleher is unlikely to return.
What was the result between Liverpool and Man United last season?
Liverpool clinched their biggest-ever away win in clashes between the two great rivals during last season’s visit to Old Trafford, emerging 5-0 victors.
Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick as Naby Keita and Diogo Jota also got on the scoresheet as Jurgen Klopp’s men rioted in Manchester.
The Reds have won on their last two visits to M16 and have actually avoided defeat there in the league since March 2018.