Premier League 2018-19: How Liverpool could line-up against Manchester United?
Liverpool held Bayern Munich to a disappointing 0-0 home draw in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16. Liverpool hold second place in the points table as they have gained 65 points from 26 matches. Manchester City top the league with the same number of points while they have played one more game than Liverpool. It could be a great chance for Liverpool to register the top spot if they can beat Manchester United in front of their home crowd.
The match against Manchester United is not going to be an easy one with the level of the Reds Devils getting better day by day. Liverpool's rock-solid defense did their job against Bayern Munich. Now, it is time to face one of the best counter-attacking teams out there in the Premier League. Let us take a look at the team news of the Reds.
Liverpool team news
Liverpool's boss is looking frustrated with the injuries they have at the backline. Their two valuable defenders in Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren are set to miss the game. Now, it is time to take a look at those eleven players who could start this weekend's mega match.
Liverpool's predicted XI:
It is Alisson who should start against Manchester United. He has bagged 14 clean sheets from 24 Premier League appearances. This season, Alisson has made 53 saves. United will play at their home, so there Klopp should go with their Number 1 goalkeeper available in their team right now.
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool has slowly but steadily improved on its defensive qualities. At the midweek match against Bayern Munich, Fabinho replaced Virgil Van Dijk in the central defensive position. We could expect Van Dijk to start the United game with Joel Matip as the central defender. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Roberston should be the fullbacks for the Reds.
There are a few good midfielders at Jurgen Klopp's disposal. But he should go with the experienced ones. Fabinho could start as the defensive midfielder while James Milner could be the bridge between Wijnaldum and Fabinho. The likes of Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Jordan Henderson could be benched this weekend.
Superstars Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino are likely to start this high-voltage match. There are no options for the Liverpool manager to drop any of these three players. The trio has scored 38 goals this season in the Premier League so far.