Liverpool vs Man Utd LIVE: Team news and line ups confirmed, Marcus Rashford decision

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LIVERPOOL vs MANCHESTER UNITED

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho (ankle) and defender Joel Matip (knee) return to the squad after lengthy absences.

Defender Dejan Lovren (hamstring) is set to return on Monday but no comeback date has yet been set for midfielders James Milner (hamstring) and Naby Keita (groin).

Marcus Rashford is unlikely to feature for United after aggravating a back injury in the FA Cup replay win over Wolves.

Luke Shaw (hamstring) is a doubt and Eric Bailly is unlikely to be risked, while Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo, Scott McTominay are all still out.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Matic, James, Pereira, Williams, Martial

  • Manchester United are winless in their last four league and cup games at Anfield
  • Mohamed Salah has failed to score or assist a goal in his four previous appearances against Manchester United
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are unbeaten against the top four sides in the league this season
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in 38 league games, the third longest run by a Premier League side

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The starting XI

The headline news is that Marcus Rashford isn’t fit for today’s game. He’s out of the match day squad completely.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Subs: Adrian, Fabinho, Minamino, Lallana, Origi, Matip, Jones.

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Matic, James, Pereira, Williams, Martial.

Subs: Romero, Bailly, Jones, Mata, Lingard, Dalot, Greenwood.

Rash decision…

If Manchester United are to spring a surprise and become the first team to win at Anfield since April 2017, they will almost certainly need Marcus Rashford to be fit and firing on all cylinders.

However, the England international was forced off injured just 16 minutes after coming on as a substitute in Wednesday’s 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Wolves.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted the move backfired, with Rashford now a doubt having aggravated a back problem.

He didn’t stay with the Manchester United squad at the Lowry Hotel before the side’s crunch clash and there are actually fears he could be sidelined for a while…

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