Liverpool suffered a major injury blow when they learned that they would be without Sadio Mané, who will miss six weeks with a hamstring injury suffered while on international duty with Senegal this week, but rivals Manchester United have had their own injury issues to worry about.
And today, manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that he will be without three midfield options on Saturday when the two sides face off, including star Paul Pogba, who has himself been sidelined with hamstring injury. They will also be without Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick.
“Another one plays and it’s no problem for me,” said Mourinho, who will still have Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera fit an available to anchor things in his midfield. “We trust every player. One player not playing means another one plays. It’s an opportunity for another one and we trust them.”
Pogba has returned to light training this week but is not expected to be in contention until the end of the month at the soonest. Meanwhile, Fellaini is expected to be out for some time longer than that with a knee injury, and Carrick suffered an as yet unidentified knock while on international duty.
United will also be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, both long-term absentees, though star summer signing Romelu Lukaku is fit following an injury scare and will be expected to start and centre half Phil Jones will also be available for Mourinho to select.