Team news, picks, and match facts
Both sides will have to cope without key men after players sustained injuries while away with their countries. Sadio Mané damaged a hamstring for Senegal and the key attacker faces another long spell on the sidelines. To ease Klopp’s woes slightly, Philippe Coutinho is back to full fitness and his match-winning influence is even more exaggerated in the absence of Mané.
Marouane Fellaini, who José Mourinho has been praising in the media recently, is out for Manchester United after sustaining minor ligament damage playing for Belgium. All-action midfielder Ander Herrera is likely to replace him alongside Nemanja Matic, in United’s engine room. Superstars Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are both still out.
Liverpool vs Manchester United
Saturday 14 October
Kickoff 13:30 (GMT + 2)
Old foes Liverpool and Manchester United, gear up for another epic Premier League meeting on Saturday which is always eagerly-anticipated by the watching world.
Liverpool’s season has been up and down, punctuated by a 4-0 demolition of Arsenal that was followed by a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City. Since that defeat, Klopp’s side have only tasted victory once in six matches in all competitions. United, in contrast, are flying high in the Premier League. They’ve only dropped two points all season, away at Stoke, and have rattled the net four times in four separate matches.
Jürgen Klopp must decide how to cope with the absence of Sadio Mané, presumably he will give Brazilian Phil Coutinho a central role behind the strikers, and Emre Can will provide considerable bite and energy. José Mourinho has a midfield conundrum of his own, with numerous key personnel unavailable. It’s thought that he will crowd that area with a trio of Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and chief creator Henrikh Mkhitaryan. In-form duo Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, will tussle for a spot on United’s left flank.
Players who enjoy time on the ball might find it a little tougher to express themselves in the frenzied cauldron of Anfield and Mourinho’s defensive tactics. Liverpool haven’t won any of their last three home meetings with Manchester United, but the pair have drawn each of their last three meetings in all competitions. United have kept 8 clean sheets in their last 9 matches, so it all points to a tight affair.