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Match Preview: Man Utd vs Liverpool

Date & time: Sunday 24th February, 14:05pm (GMT)

Where: Old Trafford

Where is it on: Sky Sports, Main Event

Referee: Michael Oliver


So, to the big one.


It was always going to be a key fixture, even as far back as September when Liverpool's start to the season continued unbeaten, you'd look to see when the games against United were and assume that, for one or the other of us, they'd be pivotal.


The game back at Anfield was totally one-sided, despite needing Xherdan Shaqiri to come off the bench and grab two deflected late goals.


But tomorrow promises to be much different, with Solkjaer having only lost one game in charge of Man Utd so far. That game, though, came against Paris Saint Germain. A team that many argue are the first decent side they've come up against since he took charge.


What can't be denied though is that they will give us much more of a match than the last time we played, and the team and tactics that Jurgen Klopp goes with will be pivotal.


Roll on Sunday afternoon.


Injuries & Suspension

The most important news for the Reds is the return of Virgil Van Dijk. The Dutch defender was suspended against Bayern Munich in the week at Anfield but will be available on Sunday.


He was a huge miss in the week. Not because of how we defended; in reality, we never looked under any risk of conceding. But without Fabinho in midfield, the midfield three often looked stifled and unable to play a cutting forward pass. That will change tomorrow.


Elsewhere, Lovren and Gomez remain out, whilst the game again comes too soon for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Besides those three, Jurgen Klopp has a full squad to choose from so there's likely to be some rotation, more so in the midfield area.


For Utd, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo are all out but Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will both more-than-likely be fit. Is anyone surprised?


Form

Man Utd: W-L-W-W-D (all comps)

Liverpool: D-W-D-D-W (all comps)


Predicted line-up

With Virgil Van Dijk returning, we fully expect to see Matip and Van Dijk take their places alongside Robertson and Trent. Whilst Fabinho is a certainty to partner Gini Wijnaldum in the midfield, such is their form.


Similarly, after his man of the match winning display against Bayern, it would be harsh to not include the captain and equally harsh to drop Naby Keita after his form picked up in recent games but he will more than likely be used from the bench.


Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah and Firmino




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