MANCHESTER UNITED VS LIVERPOOL
| Sunday, January 24th |
FA Cup | Old Trafford
5PM GMT/12PM EST
After that wet fart of a game against Burnley on Thursday, I’m not sure who was hoping to turn around and play Manchester United again, but that’s what happening on Sunday evening. Liverpool play the fourth round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford, and all eyes will be on the back of United’s net. Liverpool haven’t scored a single goal in their last three games, so we’ll see if they can break that ignoble streak on Sunday.
Since the offense is so ineffective, it will be interesting to see how Klopp will try to change things up in the hopes of igniting a spark in the team to get some of that pizzazz back.
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Alisson; Williams, Phillips, Fabinho, Tsimikas; Milner, Thiago, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Minamino
After starting on the bench on Thursday, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will likely be back on for this match. Joel Matip might not be fit enough for such a quick turnaround in games after playing the full 90’ against Burnley. Expect Henderson’s muscle strain to keep him out again for this one, if only out of an abundance of caution.
Diogo Jota and Naby Keita are not yet available, while Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are long term absences.
For Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a fully fit squad to choose from, and will likely field a strong starting XI against the Reds.
What the Managers Had to Say
Jurgen Klopp: “We want to win the game, it’s clear. It’s a cup game, the game will be decided that night and we want to win the game. That’s it. That’s how we will make the line-up.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “We’ll rotate that’s for sure, but we’ll put a decent team together of course and a team that I feel can win the game. Of course the focus is now on the FA Cup. We know it’s a difficult tie, I’m not the best on draws, I think they should try to get someone else in if they want an easy draw!”
Referee: Craig Pawson Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick and Richard West Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss VAR: Andre Marriner AVAR: Marc Perry
Kickoff is set for 5PM GMT/12PM EST tomorrow, and television listings for the match can be found on LiveSoccerTV. In the meantime, we’ll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it’s released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on the action as it happens.