Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Man United: Van Dijk returns, Milner at right-back

24 February 2019

Jurgen Klopp has made two changes to his starting lineup for one of the biggest games of the season, as Liverpool visit Man United in the Premier League.


The Reds can go back to the top of the table with a point this afternoon, but will be desperate to take all three and do the double over United.

A brilliant 3-1 victory at Anfield back in December saw Klopp’s side embarrass their long-term rivals, but a change of manager in Manchester has seen today’s hosts revitalised.

Liverpool are boosted by the return of their defensive linchpin, and the hope will be that helps in their push for a 21st league win in 27 games this season.

Alisson makes his 34th appearance of the season at Old Trafford, behind a back four of James Milner, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

Van Dijk missed Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich through suspension, but though his stand-in performed excellently in the Champions League, his availability is paramount for the Reds.

His comeback allows Fabinho to start in midfield, with the Brazilian joined by Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum.

And with Klopp seemingly settled back on a 4-3-3 formation Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino take their places in attack.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri are among those named on the substitutes’ bench.

Man United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; McTominay, Herrera, Pogba; Mata, Rashford, Lukaku

Substitutes: Romero, Bailly, Dalot, Pereira, Fred, Lingard, Sanchez

Liverpool: Alisson; Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino

Substitutes: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Keita, Lallana, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi

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