Liverpool v Man United
Next weekend the Premier League restarts with an enormous match.
Liverpool take on Man United in the first game in the eighth round of the campaign.
Man United will arrive to Anfield joint top of the division, behind Man City on goal difference.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are down in the seventh place as another title seems to be slipping from their grasp.
Shock Liverpool sacking
A week before the Man United game, an important member of Liverpool’s backroom staff has been sacked.
Liverpool’s Head of Physiotherapy, Andy Renshaw, is gone.
The Telegraph have reported the story as follows:
Renshaw was only appointed to first-team duties 15 months ago, when he replaced the long-serving Chris Morgan, but manager Jurgen Klopp has seen fit to make further changes.
Renshaw’s exit is a surprise and the timing particularly curious.
Liverpool have not especially suffered with injuries this season. The most significant absentee is Adam Lallana, who has been missing since the summer with a thigh problem, but Klopp has often attributed such setbacks to bad luck.
As for Liverpool’s other injuries right now, Dejan Lovren has a lower back injury, while right-back Nathaniel Clyne is on the comeback trail from a similar injury.
Man United’s problems
Jose Mourinho has his own list of problems before the Liverpool game.
Belgium took on Bosnia on Saturday. The Red Devils were forced into an early change in the first half when Man United star Marouane Fellaini picked up a knee injury.
Paul Pogba will still be out of action by the time the Liverpool match comes around.
The French international is out with a thigh injury.
United fans will also be sweating over the health of Phil Jones. That’s after the defender pulled out of the England squad.
Michael Carrick is also an injury concern for Jose Mourinho, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo remain long term absentees.