Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Early team news for Liverpool showdown

Friday 22 October 2021 10:00

Manchester United and Liverpool head into Sunday's big Premier League clash on the back of 3-2 midweek victories in the Champions League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side came from 2-0 down at half-time to register a fine 3-2 win over Atalanta at Old Trafford, with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging the winner.

Meanwhile, Liverpool were pegged back from 2-0 up to 2-2 against Atletico Madrid but, after two-goal Antoine Griezmann was sent off, Mohamed Salah regained the lead from the penalty spot.

Both Marcus Rashford, who scored our first goal, and Fred appeared to sustain knocks during the bruising tie with Atalanta. Both were forced to leave the field and we anxiously await an update from the boss in his press conference this afternoon.

England international Rashford, who was making his first start after a shoulder operation, suffered a dead leg but will hope to be involved in a bid to add to his two goals in two games since his return this term.

Fred was reinstated in the line-up alongside Scott McTominay, while Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic both came off the bench.

Raphael Varane continues to be sidelined after hurting his groin while with France but his international colleague Anthony Martial has been back in training this week and looks to be pushing for inclusion in the matchday squad against the club he first faced as a United player, famously scoring a wonderful solo goal at Old Trafford in 2015.

Amad is edging closer to fitness but the boss has revealed he expects the Ivory Coast to get an Under-23s outing before being considered for the first-team again.

All the Angles: Anthony Martial's debut strike against Liverpool.


Jurgen Klopp has said he is hopeful midfielder Curtis Jones will be available but Harvey Elliott is out with a long-term injury.

Thiago Alcantara could also be missing but there are still plenty of options in midfield with James Milner and Naby Keita, who scored, lining up alongside skipper Jordan Henderson in Madrid.

Roberto Firmino returned to form with a hat-trick at Watford last time out in the Premier League, as Diogo Jota continues to push for a place in attack.