| Sunday, October 24th |
Premier League | Old Trafford
4:30PM GMT/11:30AM EST
The end of a long eight days for Liverpool finishes off at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. The Reds head into the match unbeaten in all competitions so far this season. They’re stuck in second place behind Chelsea, but their performances have been through the stratosphere.
Chief among those players at the top of his game is Mohamed Salah, who has scored seven goals in the first eight league games. Not far behind, however, are Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino, who have both been on fire as well. After his poacher’s hat trick against Watford last weekend, it’s hard to believe that Firmino would lose his spot to Diogo Jota for this one.
Manchester United, as expected, have turned into Cristiano Ronaldo and the Pips with the re-appearance of their aging, controversial talisman, relying on him to pull them out of jams and win games on his own. Unfortunately for Liverpool, that is kind of Ronaldo’s whole thing. Most recently he did it against Atalanta, when the team won 3-2 on Wednesday in their Champions League match. Ronaldo knocked in the late winner to put United over the line.
However, that match after their Leicester City loss and the international break before that seemed to have taken a toll on the team. Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, and Fred all doubtful for Sunday.
Predicted Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Thiago Alcantara remains out of contention for Klopp on Sunday, along with Harvey Elliott. Curtis Jones might be available, which is great news.
Jota may get into the front three, but Firmino’s form might keep him in. Fabinho should return to his starting role after missing out in Madrid on Tuesday. Barring any match fitness issues, the defense writes itself.
For United, as mentioned, Rashford, Fernandes, and Fred are in doubt for the match after both went off injured against Atalanta in midweek.
What the Managers Had to Say
Jurgen Klopp: “If you don’t defend well against United, I wouldn’t know a reason why we should get in the coach and go there, to be honest, because the quality they have offensively is absolutely ridiculous.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “It’s a fact the history between the clubs the rivalry, all the trophies these teams have won, it’s a massive game and a local rivalry. I always say, being a Manchester United player, being given the privilege, honour, responsibility to wear the shirt and step out onto the pitch against Liverpool, you give everything you have. We know these games don’t need bigging up, it’s a massive game.”
Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Lee Betts. Fourth official: Mike Dean. VAR: Stuart Attwell. Assistant VAR: Marc Perry.
Kickoff is set for 4:30PM GMT/11:30AM EST tomorrow. In the meantime, The Liverpool Offside team will keep you updated with all of the team news and match buildup as it becomes available, along with providing a matchday liveblog and post-match recaps and reaction. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account and have your say on the action as it happens.