Liverpool v Manchester United : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 16-01-2021 1:15 pm (3 months ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 16-01-2021 01:15 PM (3 months ago)
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Date :Sunday 17th January,2021
Time: 5:30 pm
Stadium  Anfield
Referee Paul Tierney (England)
Goal Scorer:

Team News:

Liverpool
Klopp has refused to rule out the prospect of Joel Matip returning in time for this match, with the centre-back set to return to training ahead of the contest.

The German's pre-match press conference appeared to suggest a reluctance to throw Matip straight back into the fold so, despite Liverpool's shortage at centre-back, he may only be fit enough for a place on the bench from the start.

Klopp also talked up the importance of having Jordan Henderson in midfield and so it is likely that either Nat Phillips or Rhys Williams will fill in alongside Fabinho at centre-back rather than the skipper being called upon as an emergency option again.

The pace in Manchester United's attack means that either option could be exploited, but Phillips appears to be just ahead of Williams in the running should one of them be needed.

Naby Keita has been ruled out as Klopp exercises caution over the midfielder's return, while Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas also remain sidelined.

Four months after joining, Thiago Alcantara is in line to finally make his Anfield debut for Liverpool.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Liverpool Premier League form: DWWDDL
Liverpool form (all competitions): WWDDLW

Manchester United
Manchester United also have defensive injury concerns, with Brandon Williams and Phil Jones having been ruled out and Victor Lindelof still doubtful with a back problem which has seen him miss the last three matches.

The Swede could be back in contention for this one, but even so Solskjaer could choose to stick with the Harry Maguire-Eric Bailly partnership which has grown in recent outings.

Anthony Martial will undergo a late fitness test after limping off against Burnley with a hamstring injury, while Nemanja Matic must also prove his fitness due to a slight groin problem.

If fit, Martial could replace Edinson Cavani through the middle, which could in turn open the door for a rejuvenated Paul Pogba to move further upfield or Mason Greenwood to come into the starting XI.

Fernandes is a guaranteed starter, fresh off becoming the first player in the English top flight to be named Player of the Month four times in a single calendar year.

Marcus Rashford will also be hoping to extend a good recent record against Liverpool, having scored three goals in his last four league games against the Reds and earning his side four points in the process.

Amad Diallo provides a new option for the visitors too, with Solskjaer refusing to rule out the prospect of the January arrival being involved on Sunday.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Martial
Manchester United Premier League form: WWDWWW
Manchester United form (all competitions): DWWLWW

Head To Head
Liverpool have had much the better of this fixture in recent times, losing just one of the last 10 meetings across all competitions and winning the last two in the Premier League.

Another victory on Sunday would see them make it three on the bounce for the first time in almost a decade, while also making it five league games unbeaten for the first time since January 2002.

Sunday will mark five years to the day since Man United last won at Anfield, with the Merseysiders unbeaten in five such meetings since.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United


Posted: at 16-01-2021 01:15 PM (3 months ago) | Hero