• David Tyrer

Match Preview: Man Utd vs Liverpool

Date & time: October 20th 2019, 16:30 (BST)

Where: Old Trafford

Is it on: Sky Sports Main Event

Referee: Martin Atkinson


Well we can all safely say, thank Christ that's over!


The international break is in our rear-view mirror once again, and we've got just the one more left before we're free for almost four months.


So it's kind of fitting that the first game back after the latest break is probably our biggest league game of the season so far: Man Utd at Old Trafford.


Liverpool go into the match at their most bitter rival's on the back of a 100% record in the league so far this season.


We're also on a run of 17 straight wins in the Premier League from the end of last season and could make it 18 and equal the record set (in the modern era) by Man City back in 2017.


A win will maintain our 8 point lead at the top of the league, we could potentially even go further clear, depending on how Guardiola's side get on away at Crystal Palace tonight.


Injuries & Suspension


The Reds will go into the match tomorrow with perhaps the most fully-fit squad, the most complete squad we've had since the current season began.


Alisson is fully-fit, back in full training and is available tomorrow. He is widely expected to start ahead of Adrian, who has been in fine form and will feel hard-done by if he does.


That said, there is no doubting the quality that Alisson brings to the side and the defence will no doubt be glad to see him back.


Elsewhere, the midfield is once again back to having a full compliment and Jurgen Klopp will have a hard task picking a midfield three. Although don't be expecting any surprise.


Up front, there will be a late fitness test for Mo Salah but expect him to start, having had a couple of weeks to recover from an ankle knock against Leicester City 2 weeks ago.


For Man Utd, things could barely be much worse. Both Paul Pogba and David De Gea are apparently set to miss out, whilst Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are also out.


Don't be surprised to see either Pogba or De Gea start though, along with the likes of

Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot, Mason Greenwood, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka who are all doubts but likely to be considered, at least.


Last 5 games:


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

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


Predicted Line up


Jurgen will give the likes of Alisson and Mo Salah as much time as possible to be fit and ready, but we fully expect both to start tomorrow.


The defence basically picks itself, with Joel Matip having recovered, after missing out against Leicester with a slight knock.


It's in midfield where there will be question for Klopp to answer. Fabinho starts, and we'd have previously said Henderson too. But having been left out in our last game, Jurgen could spring a few surprises in midfield.


There is no doubt that Wijnaldum will probably get the nod, so there may be one place left for the likes of Keita, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, and Oxlade-Chamberlain to fight over.


Starting line-up: Alisson, Trent, Van Dijk, Matip, Robbo, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah and Firmino.



 
 

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