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How Liverpool could line up against Manchester United

How Liverpool could line up against Man United
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Liverpool could line up for Sunday's Premier League visit to face fierce rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Jurgen Klopp must decide whether to once again play his four main attackers from the start when his Liverpool side take on bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Reds created a plethora of chances with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota all on the pitch against Newcastle United, only to spurn all but one of those and be punished with a late equaliser.

With the success of Liverpool's season now resting solely on a top-four finish, Klopp has little to lose by going for it once again, although certain members of Liverpool's attack have generally not had much joy in this fixture in the past.

Firmino has only scored one goal in 14 previous meetings with Man United, while Mane has just one goal in 11 meetings.

Even Salah has struggled against Man United in the past, although he now has three goals in his last three games against the Red Devils, including a brace at Old Trafford already this season during January's FA Cup meeting.

Should the Golden Boot-chasing winger net again then he would become only the second Liverpool player to ever score in two separate away games against Man United in a single season, after Harry Chambers 100 years ago.

Klopp has no new injury concerns to worry about, but is still contending with a lengthy list of absentees which is once again expected to include Nat Phillips.

Fabinho will once again fill in at centre-back to cover for Phillips, who has joined fellow centre-backs Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip on the treatment table with a hamstring issue in recent weeks.

The champions, who could be officially dethroned this weekend if Manchester City beat Crystal Palace and then they beat Man United, are also without captain Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi for this match.

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane; Jota

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· Great Britain's women aim to secure their place on the podium as they face India in the bronze medal match (2.30am)
· Netherlands - silver medallists five years ago - and Argentina battle for the gold medal in the women's final (11am)

· The women's gold medal will be decided as Australia and USA go head to head (3.30am)

· Lauren Price will be looking to add to Team GB's success in the ring when she takes on Nouchka Fontijn of Netherlands in the women's middleweight semi-final (6am)

· Tom Daley already has one Olympic gold to his name in Tokyo, and he begins his bid for second in the men's 10m platform. Teammate Noah Williams is also involved in the preliminary round (7am)

· Jason Kenny's reign as sprint king may be over, but Jack Carlin looked strong in his bid to succeed his compatriot. He takes on Harrie Lavreysen in his sprint semi-final (8.10am), with the final taking place later in the day (10.35am)
· The women's madison makes its Olympic debut at the velodrome as Team GB duo Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny look to add another medal to their collections (9.15am)

· Hosts Japan will look to get themselves on the podium as they face Mexico in the men's bronze medal match (10am)
· The women's champions will be crowned as both Sweden and Canada aim to win Olympic gold for the very first time (1pm)

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