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Liverpool vs Manchester United: Premier League – LIVE!

All eyes on Anfield this afternoon as one of the great rivalries in English football is renewed.

It’s been a while since a meeting between Liverpool and Manchester United has meant as much as today.

During a period in which Liverpool have dropped points against West Brom, Newcastle and Southampton, failing to win any of their last three league fixtures, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have won five of their last six games to go top.

United head to Anfield full of confidence, yet the United boss still said it would be an “upset” if they triumphed. Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, responded to his counterpart’s claim that it is “the best moment to play against Liverpool” with a simple: “Yeah? Let’s see.”

The Red Devils have not won at Anfield since 2016 but if they get a result this weekend, they will underline their credentials as genuine title challengers.

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Thiago like a new signing for Reds

Jurgen Klopp tried to lessen the expectation on Thiago Alcantara by suggesting he is like a new signing for Liverpool in January.

Thiago has played just 242 Premier League minutes – the least of all the club’s outfield players – but in that short time has displayed the sort of quality in terms of passing ability and ball retention which may be vital against their arch-rivals.

“To put the pressure a little bit off the situation I said we should sign Thiago in the window but we did now and now he is here let’s hope he stays like this for a long, long, long, long time,” he said.

“The most important thing is he fit and he trained. He had 90 and 45 minutes in the last two games.

“We will see if he can play and which position he can play because there are different options.

“But it is really good to have him around now. He is a really good guy and an exceptional football player. It is like a new signing.”

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Henderson’s programme notes

For once, I’m going to have to put rivalries to one side to pay tribute to one of United’s players and I’ve no doubt that our fans will support me without question given it is Marcus Rashford.

What Marcus has done over the last 12 months is incredible. He has battled against food poverty, given a voice to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have one and used his own reputation for the benefit of others. Every bit of praise that has come his way, and every award he has won as a result, is not only deserved, it probably doesn’t do him justice.

Andy Robertson made a rare good point when he said Marcus would become the first United player to receive a standing ovation from the Anfield crowd. For obvious reasons this can’t happen, but I hope Marcus knows that everyone at Liverpool Football Club has total respect for him.

It’s not always fair that footballers are charged with providing an example for the rest of society – we are just young lads who are fortunate enough to work in sport when it comes down to it – but there is no question that Marcus is an example for everyone.

I count myself fortunate to have him as a teammate with England, but today that will count for nothing and knowing Marcus he wouldn’t have it any other way. This is a day for rivalry and it is a day for those of us in Liverpool red to give everything we have for our cause because that is exactly what this fixture demands.

Finally, today will be the first time that You’ll Never Walk Alone has been played at Anfield since the passing of Gerry Marsden. You don’t have to be a Liverpool fan to know how special this song is to everyone associated with our club and it doesn’t matter how many times I hear it, it will always give me goosebumps.

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Score prediction: Liverpool to win 2-1

Liverpool have made a habit of winning these crunch matches when their status as title favourites has been up for discussion, such as when beating high-flying Tottenham earlier this season.

They have also had the benefit of a full week’s rest and will be tough to beat at Anfield here. 

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How to watch

TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.

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Predicted XIs

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Fabinho, Robertson, Milner, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani

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Manchester United team news

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his players the chance to prove their fitness before deciding on his starting XI.

Anthony Martial picked up an apparent hamstring complaint in Tuesday’s 1-0 win against Burnley and is among those that will be given Saturday’s training session to get themselves match ready.

Solskjaer confirmed the only definite injury absentees would be defenders Brandon Williams and Phil Jones.

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Liverpool team news

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will assess Joel Matip in training before deciding whether to start him against Manchester United.

The centre-back has missed three matches with a groin problem but is back with the squad. If he is not ready Klopp will have to choose between youngster Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips.

Midfielder Naby Keita remains sidelined with a muscle problem which has kept him out since December 19.

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester United.

It’s the champions in second, hosting their league-leading arch rivals. It’s a biggie.

Stick with us for all the build-up, action and reaction. Kick-off at Anfield is at 4.30pm.


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