Coutinho on the left wing, 4-3-2-1: Strongest Liverpool XI to face Manchester United


The Reds are not in good form recently as their struggles began with a 0-5 loss at Etihad. Liverpool have recorded only one victory since then and collected just five points out of the possible nine in the last three Premier League outings. Liverpool were unlucky to drop points at Newcastle after the Magpies equalized thanks to ricochet of Joselu’s leg when Joel Matip tried to clear the ball out of the box. Still, their form at Anfield is much better as they are still without a home loss this season, so it’s not going to be easy for United to take three points from Merseyside. Additionally, Liverpool are unbeaten in league games at Anfield in October since the 2011/12 campaign, recording 11 wins and ten draws.

Formation : 4-3-2-1

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool fans were left devastated by the news that Sadio Mane sustained a hamstring injury while on international duty with Senegal. The former Southampton winger recently returned following a three-match suspension, but now is forced to miss up to six weeks, which could hurt the Reds badly. On the other hand, Philippe Coutinho scored a goal in each of the last three matches he started, and that is a significant encouragement before the North-West Derby. The Brazilian will likely take Mane’s place on the left-wing, so his attacking midfield spot is up for grabs. Klopp could opt for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who failed to impress upon his arrival from Arsenal, but the gaffer has patience with the 24-year-old and could hand him a start on Saturday. Nathaniel Clyne (muscle) and Adam Lallana (thigh) are still sidelined and will not feature here, while Dejan Lovren should be ready to play after recovering from a lower back injury.

Liverpool Possible Starting Lineup (4-3-2-1): Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Coutinho, Salah, Firmino.

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