Liverpool v Manchester United: Team news

MatchLiverpool v Manchester United: Team news

Published 18th April 2022
By Chris Shaw

Jürgen Klopp will again have to whittle down his options for Liverpool's Premier League clash with Manchester United.

The Reds host United in an 8pm BST kick-off at Anfield on Tuesday night that has significant bearing on both teams’ aspirations as the season nears its conclusion.

Klopp has been able to select from a fully fit squad in recent weeks and did not report any new injury concerns when he previewed the visit of United.

Indeed, the manager explained why the depth of quality currently at his disposal means several players are set to miss out on the squad of 20.

“There were some players not in the squad for the weekend, for example, and will not be in the squad for [the United match], who are in really good shape – really, really, really good,” said Klopp.

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He continued: “You try to figure out how it is, you try what is [the] best possible formation.

“We have to think about intensity in the past, who played how often and all these kind of things. We didn’t have that situation too often.

“Usually in that part of the season we are already on three wheels and try to get somehow through, so hopefully we have to make these decisions until the end of the season.”

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United, meanwhile, will make the short journey to Merseyside with six players missing.

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick confirmed that Edinson Cavani, Fred, Scott McTominay, Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane are sidelined due to injury, while Cristiano Ronaldo will be absent following a family bereavement.

“Rapha didn’t train with the team,” he told the media on Monday. “He was on the pitch with one of our rehab coaches. But with regard to injured players, we have the same situation that we had in the last two games.”

Rangnick expects Bruno Fernandes to be available following his involvement in a car accident.

“As far as I know, nobody was injured. He trained with the team and he was OK, and that’s why I think he will also be OK [for Tuesday],” he added.

Last match

Manchester City 2-3 Liverpool (April 16): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Keita, Thiago, Diaz, Salah, Mane.

Manchester United 3-2 Norwich City (April 16): De Gea, Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof, Telles, Pogba, Fernandes, Lingard, Elanga, Sancho, Ronaldo.

Published 18th April 2022