Liverpool expected line-up vs Man Utd as Klopp faces another defensive dilemma

Liverpool can close the gap on the top-four with victory over arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Reds are seven points adrift of Chelsea in fourth after the Blues won 2-0 against Fulham on Saturday.

With qualification for next season’s Champions League hanging by a thread, only a Liverpool win will do against United.

History, however, won’t be on the side of Jurgen Klopp’s men when they make the short hop across the M62.

Liverpool have won just twice against United since 2016 and are winless on their last eight visits to Old Trafford.

Klopp will be aware of his side’s poor record against the Red Devils, but of more concern will be his team selection.

Alisson is set to make his 38th appearance of the season in goal, but Klopp has problems at centre-half.

Nathaniel Phillips has missed Liverpool’s last two matches with a hamstring injury and sat out of training this week.

The 24-year-old is likely to miss out again with Fabinho and Ozan Kabak continuing their partnership for the third game in a row.

Klopp has no such issues at full-back, where Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson will provide Liverpool’s customary width.

The Reds also remain short of options at the heart of midfield, with captain Jordan Henderson still unavailable with a groin injury.

Fabinho dropping back to centre-half should see James Milner return to partner Thiago Silva and Georginio Wijnaldum in a three.

Klopp has another selection dilemma up front as Liverpool’s forwards continue to fire blanks.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have found the net just 11 times between them since December’s 7-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Seven of those goals have come from the boot of Salah, so it’s unlikely the Egyptian will find his place in the starting XI under threat.

Mane is also likely to retain his spot in the side, which means Brazil international Firmino could make way for Diogo Jota.

Expected Man Utd XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Fabinho, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Salah, Mane, Jota.

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