LIVERPOOL vs MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United are without top scorer Marcus Rashford, as expected, for the trip to arch-rivals and runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.
The England international is absent with a back injury and fellow striker Mason Greenwood is only on the bench.
Two changes from the FA Cup win over Wolves see Luke Shaw and Andreas Pereira come in for Rashford and Juan Mata – meaning United start the match with two left-backs.
Liverpool name the same starting line-up which won at Tottenham last weekend but midfielder Fabinho and defender Joel Matip are on the bench after lengthy lay-offs.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Matic, James, Pereira, Williams, Martial
- Manchester United are winless in their last four league and cup games at Anfield
- Mohamed Salah has failed to score or assist a goal in his four previous appearances against Manchester United
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are unbeaten against the top four sides in the league this season
- Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in 38 league games, the third longest run by a Premier League side
“Out for weeks”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Manchester United fears that Marcus Rashford will be sidelined for a while.
In his post-match interview, Solskjaer told Sky Sports that the England international will be out “for weeks” with a back injury.
That’s likely to see him out for upcoming games against Burnley, Tranmere or Watford, Manchester City and Wolves. Big loss.
The starting XI
The headline news is that Marcus Rashford isn’t fit for today’s game. He’s out of the match day squad completely.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Subs: Adrian, Fabinho, Minamino, Lallana, Origi, Matip, Jones.
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Matic, James, Pereira, Williams, Martial.
Subs: Romero, Bailly, Jones, Mata, Lingard, Dalot, Greenwood.
If Manchester United are to spring a surprise and become the first team to win at Anfield since April 2017, they will almost certainly need Marcus Rashford to be fit and firing on all cylinders.
However, the England international was forced off injured just 16 minutes after coming on as a substitute in Wednesday’s 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Wolves.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted the move backfired, with Rashford now a doubt having aggravated a back problem.
He didn’t stay with the Manchester United squad at the Lowry Hotel before the side’s crunch clash and there are actually fears he could be sidelined for a while…