Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield this weekend in one of the most hotly anticipated games of the English footballing calendar, with an added edge of both sides being involved in a hugely tense battle for one of the four Champions League spots.
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Liverpool & Manchester United combined XI, with Di Maria, Sterling & Coutinho in 3-5-2 formation
The Reds are currently two points away from fourth placed Manchester United and will go into the Champions League spots with a win against their bitter rivals, having catapulted themselves up the table since new year and going into the game having won five league games in a row.
Here’s how Liverpool are expected to start:
GK: Simon Mignolet
The Belgian stopper’s upturn in fortunes have largely matched his club’s since the turn of the year. Mignolet endured a torrid start to the season in which he made multiple errors costing goals, but recently has seen his shot stopping ability stand up to the toughest tests.
RCB: Emre Can
The Turkish born German has been one of the signings of the season since he joined from Bayer Leverkusen, exhibiting his classy passing out from the back style of play for all to enjoy.
CB: Martin Skrtel
Mr. Consistent for Liverpool this season, and for the last few seasons as well. The Slovakian has played 33 games for the Merseysiders this season and rarely disappoints.
LCB: Mamadou Sakho
The Frenchman has suffered with injuries since making the switch from Paris Saint-Germain and will want to justify his hefty £18 million fee with a run of games in the first team.