Match Preview: Liverpool vs Man Utd
Date & time: January 19th 2020, 16:30
Is it on: Sky Sports
Ref: Craig Pawson
Each week feels more and more like the deciding game for Liverpool at the moment, as we take another step closer to that elusive 19th league title.
Whether it's the derby, or a trip to Norwich, each and every game feels epic in proportion. But none of them will feel like the match tomorrow. At least none of the games so far.
To beat Man Utd at Anfield, taking another step, another 3 points closer to number 19 would be sweet.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a fair bit of good fortune against us. His tactics have worked, to a degree, but some of the decisions in the two Old Trafford games have been nothing short of shocking.
Tomorrow we're at Anfield though. It'll be a cauldron, it'll be 50,000 Liverpool fans pushing their heroes on to inflict further misery on the arch-nemesis.
So we should (should) see a fairly even game, in terms of refereeing decision. We hope. If the playing field is even, then - provided the lads turn up - it should all be in our favour.
But United, in recent years, have loved nothing more than spoiling our fun. Klopp has made it clear this week how important he sees this game as being. As far as he's concerned, even outside of the title picture, it is a must win.
Injuries & Suspension
Even more promising news than last weekend, in the sense that we should have Fabinho and Joel Matip back in the match-day squad.
Matip will hopefully return after two months out, with Fabinho having been missing since December himself. It'll be a welcome return and really add some depth to our bench in key defensive areas. Our first week-long break since before December has been good to us.
Having said all that, Dejan Lovren, James Milner and Naby Keita are still out until at least next weekend.
For Man Utd the only new injury concern is Marcus Rashford, who is apparently expected to miss the match. Expect him to start, however.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-W-W
Man Utd (all comps): L-D-L-W-W
Predicted Line up
The inegration into the squad of Takumi Minamino raises some questions about whether he could be given a shot in the midfield, after a particularly disappointing display by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain last weekend.
But Adam Lallana has also been knocking on Jurgen Klopp's door after some highly impressive cameos in recent games.
As always it's the midfield that raises most questions, with the defensive and front three generally picking themselves in such a huge game.
So expect to see a very strong side, with perhaps a bit of rotation next Thursday for the visit to Wolverhampton.
Starting XI: Alisson, Trent, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Salah, Firmino.