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07th Apr 2024

Liverpool without seven first-team players for trip to Manchester United

Luke Davies

Jurgen Klopp’s side will be without seven first-team players when they face Manchester United this afternoon.

The Reds have coped well with injuries to Mohammed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold throughout the season but the injury list continues to mount.

Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota, Alisson Becker and Ben Doak are ruled out of the fixture. Long-term absentees Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajcetic will also miss out.

Wataru Endo’s fitness is still unknown although the Liverpool boss seemed positive without confirming his fitness after the victory against Sheffield United this week.

“That’s my information [that he will be fit], we rested him today. We had a feeling there could have been a chance for tonight but if we leave him out then there is a big chance for Sunday. I hope that didn’t change.”

The title contenders will be looking for a different result to their last visit to Old Trafford. Erik ten Hag’s side snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to win 4-3 in a thrilling game just a matter of weeks ago.

Klopp is relishing the challenge. When speaking in his press conference, he said: “The story of the game, we spoke after the game about it – they started better, then we took over and we were really good that day but we didn’t finish the situations off in extra-time. The good news is we will not have twice 15 minutes [of] extra time. That was too much for us that day, we couldn’t control it anymore and made mistakes we didn’t make before at all. And United turned the game around.

“United is a top side playing at home, we all know that. But we cannot just tell, ‘Let’s do what we did from minute 15 to, I don’t know, 70-something.’ Football is not that easy. We have to find a way to cause United problems and they will try exactly the same. On that level, with this opponent, in this stadium, we better play a really good football game, to be honest, if we want something there.

A win would see Liverpool climb back to the summit of the Premier League above Manchester City and Arsenal. A draw would see the Reds retain second place as Mikel Arteta’s side boast a better goal difference.

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