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14th Oct 2017

BREAKING: Mata and Rashford on the bench as team news from Anfield arrives

The big one is upon us

Darragh Murphy

We’ve got team news!

Both Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho have submitted their teamsheets for one of the most anticipated Premier League games of the season.

The action gets underway at Anfield at 12.30 and both managers have done some tinkering ahead of kick-off.

A Sadio Mane injury on international duty rules him out of the crucial clash and, while most felt Mane’s absence would represent a huge opportunity for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the former Arsenal man has had to make do with a place on the bench against United.

Paul Pogba continues to be sidelined with a hamstring issue while Romelu Lukaku has recovered from a slight knock and will lead the line for the visitors, hoping to add to his season tally of 10 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils.

In Mourinho’s commitment to rotating between Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, the Frenchman wins out and he starts this afternoon.

During his pre-match press conference on Friday, Mourinho joked that he would do the exact opposite of parking the bus by going all-out from the get-go.

“I play with one defender and nine strikers, don’t worry about it,” Mourinho laughed.

“We play with one guy behind and then we go with a new system and we play with nine strikers, don’t worry about it.”