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Friday, February 22, 2019

Liverpool team news and Expected line-up ahead of the mouthwatering clash vs Manchester United

A few months ago, when Xherdan Shaqiri scored the second of his brace for Liverpool at Anfield and effectively ended Jose Mourinho’s reign at Manchester United with a 3-1 humiliation, few would have predicted how mouthwatering the return fixture would be.

The hosts for Sunday’s match at Old Trafford are resurgent under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having not lost in the league since that December fixture.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, meanwhile, are still flying high and can go top of the Premier League table with a win – although their grip on the trophy is slipping following an underwhelming start to 2019.

The stage is set for the most tantalising fixture in the rivalry for years. Here is the side Jurgen Klopp could pick:

Defence


If fit, goalkeeper Alisson Becker and wing-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson are first-choice. The issue arises as to who Klopp will pick to partner returning Virgil van Dijk.



The Dutchman was suspended for the midweek European tie, with Joel Matip and Fabinho playing as the centre-back pairing. Matip performed very well after a few early jitters, and may be rewarded with another start as a result, especially considering Dejan Lovren is not expected to return in time for the game.

Starting players: Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson

Midfield


Jordan Henderson’s excellent performance midweek looks to have played him into a starting berth ahead of Fabinho, while Georginio Wijnaldum has emerged as Klopp’s most trusted midfielder.



Keita also had a decent showing against Bayern, but Klopp may be tempted for the purposes of rotation to opt for a big-game player. Enter James Milner – oh and Keita has had five consecutive starts and may need a rest soon.

Starting players: Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum

Attack


The regular starting three of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané used to pick themselves with no questions asked. Now, in a little bit of a lean patch, there is some debate over whether Klopp should consider a shake up.



Responding to a question on Shaqiri’s recovery ahead of the Bayern fixture, Klopp said: “Shaq did a lot, so it will be close, we have to see.” Having been rested for the Champions League tie, he may be ready for a run out at Old Trafford to freshen things up – but probably only from the bench. You don’t stray from a forward line who have already bagged 44 goals between them this season.

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