Let’s take a look at the team news as Manchester United get ready for the Liverpool test at Anfield in a highly-anticipated Premier League clash. The result of the derby between the two English giants will have significant implications on the Premier League title race and the top-four battle.
Both teams are in good form, with Jurgen Klopp’s men securing a 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the league, while the Red Devils coming back from behind to win 3-1 against West Ham United and move into the FA Cup Quarter-final.
In the Premier League, Erik ten Hag’s men are currently in third place, trailing 14 points behind table-toppers Arsenal and 9 points behind second-placed Manchester City, with both clubs having played two games extra than the Red Devils.
The Red Devils have the best record for winning away matches at Anfield in the Premier League, having achieved the feat 12 times. Manchester United are also aiming to secure their ninth league double over Liverpool by beating them on Sunday. They have already defeated Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford in August.
United will be without Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beaek, and Christian Eriksen due to injuries, while Mason Greenwood is still not considered for a return to first-team activities. Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw missed the FA Cup game due to illness and a knock respectively, but they should be available for the upcoming game against the Merseysiders.
Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Casemiro, Fred, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Marcus Rashford are all likely to return to the starting lineup after being named on the bench in the previous game against West Ham United.
Liverpool will be without Thiago Alcantara, Luis Diaz, Joe Gomez, and Calvin Ramsay due to injury. Naby Keita’s fitness will need to be evaluated, but he is unlikely to be in the starting lineup even if he is fit. Arthur Melo is still building up his match fitness and will not make his Premier League debut yet.
Jurgen Klopp faces several selection dilemmas, especially in the attack, where Diogo Jota’s fitness will need to be carefully managed after starting two games in the past week. Cody Gakpo may return to the starting lineup instead. Andrew Robertson and Jordan Henderson will likely replace Kostas Tsimikas and Harvey Elliott in the starting XI.
Player To Watch Out For – Cody Gakpo
Cody Gakpo is a versatile attacker who can play on either wing or as a centre-forward. He is known for his pace, dribbling skills, and ability to score goals. He is a strong, physical player who can hold off defenders. He can create space for himself and his teammates.
The Dutchman is also an intelligent player who reads the game well and is always looking for opportunities to exploit the opposition tactically. He has a powerful shot and is clinical in front of goal, with his ability to score from distance or inside the box making him a constant threat to opposition defenders.
The 23-year-old’s technical ability is also impressive, with his close control and quick feet allowing him to dribble past defenders with ease. He has excellent vision and passing skills, and is always looking for ways to create chances for his teammates. In short, Gakpo has the potential to develop into one of the best players in the world.
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- Manchester United Consider Summer Move for €16m Rated Greek Goalkeeper as Back for David de Gea
Manchester United Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1):
David De Gea(GK); Diogo Dalot(RB), Raphael Varane(CB), Lisandro Martinez(CB), Luke Shaw(LB); Casemiro(CM), Fred(CM); Jadon Sancho(RW), Bruno Fernandes(CAM), Marcus Rashford(LW); Wout Weghorst(ST).
Liverpool 2-2 Manchester United
With Liverpool returning to form in recent weeks and Manchester United coming fresh off their Carabao Cup win, this game is being expected to be an exciting one. Rashford, in his current form, is likely to score again and Cody Gakpo should impress in his first Liverpool – Manchester United derby.
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