Liverpool v United: Opposition team news

Friday 03 March 2023 10:30

Manchester United head to Anfield this weekend, as we prepare to take on Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon (16:30 GMT).

Erik ten Hag's side come into the game having safely secured our progression to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Wednesday evening, as we saw off West Ham United 3-1 at Old Trafford.

Liverpool were also in action on the same night, with Jurgen Klopp's men taking on Wolves at Anfield in the Premier League. The Merseysiders ran out 2-0 winners on home soil, thanks to goals in the last 20 minutes from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool have struggled with injuries so far this season and, in his press conference on Friday morning, Klopp ruled three first-team players out of Sunday's game.

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Key midfielder Thiago Alcantara (groin) and forward Luis Diaz (knee) will continue their respective spells on the sidelines.

Darwin Nunez and Ibrahima Konate returned as starters against Wolves, but Joe Gomez is still out with a muscle problem.

“A lot of things can happen overnight but yesterday evening they were all fine, apart from the players who are out, like Thiago and Luis Diaz,” Klopp told reporters.

“Joe is closer but not close enough.”

There was no update on midfielders Naby Keita and Arthur Melo, who are both doubts.

Keita suffered a knock which kept him out of the Wolves game, while Melo has made just one appearance since joining on loan in the summer, following a raft of injury issues.

Young right-back Calvin Ramsay has been ruled out for the season with a knee problem.


Liverpool have lost just one of their last 35 home games in the Premier League - a 2-1 defeat to Leeds in October.

Having lost 2-1 at Old Trafford earlier this season, the Merseysiders will be keen to gain revenge as they bid to chase down Tottenham Hotspur in the final Champions League qualification spot.

They are currently sixth, six points behind the Londoners with a game in hand, and two points adrift of Newcastle United, who have played 23 matches to Liverpool's 24.

Ever-threatening forward Salah will be one to watch this weekend for United's backline as usual, with the Egyptian's strike in midweek taking him past the 20-goal mark for the sixth straight season at Liverpool.

Early team news for Anfield test


United will need to check on a couple of players before Sunday's big game against Liverpool.


This was the side Jurgen Klopp selected for Liverpool's 2-0 win over Wolves on Wednesday night:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Tsimikas; Elliott, Fabinho, Bajcetic; Salah, Jota, Nunez.

Substitutes: Kelleher, Matip, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Gakpo, Carvalho.

The Liverpool boss had this to say about Marcus Rashford when asked about our in-form forward during his pre-match press conference.

“It’s pretty much impossible to be happy about something positive at Manchester United when you are the Liverpool manager, but I’m obviously really happy about Rashford,” said Klopp.

“He obviously had a really difficult last year where he was not performing on the level he’s able to perform. This will change again but sometimes in life you don’t have enough time to change but now he’s playing incredible – the speed, the technique, the mix of everything. How calm he is now in front of the goal. He scores worldies and he scores the simple ones, he’s there and he puts his head in.”