Liverpool roster set to start against Manchester United in FA Cup
Liverpool will travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to take on Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round, hoping to ignore their poor form against a fierce rival.
The Reds haven’t won five of their last six games in all competitions, including a 0-0 draw when they faced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side last week at Anfield in the Premier League.
With a series of matches ahead looking increasingly difficult, Jurgen Klopp must weigh his options and look to return to victory as soon as possible while also having the opportunity to dampen the momentum of their title rivals. This is the starting line-up that Liverpool should choose.
Alisson (GK) – The undisputed number one. He has to start as Liverpool look to return to victory.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – Has struggled for form in recent weeks, but Klopp is light on options in defense and he needs his fit right-back.
Joel Matip (CB) – Liverpool’s only fit senior center-back, he needs to start this game to face United’s offensive quality.
Fabinho (CB) – Arguably the club’s best player this season, he has to start in this game.
Andrew Robertson (LB) – Fast, strong, excellent defensively and always a threat to the future, Robertson’s inclusion is almost guaranteed in a game of this importance.
James Milner (CM) – The seasoned vice-captain hasn’t played too much in recent games, but his determination and leadership could be what it takes to get this team out of their crisis.
Thiago Alcantara (CM) – The club’s best technical footballer, he has been criticized for slowing down the game too much but has too much quality to let him out.
Curtis Jones (CM) – Jones was in good shape earlier in the season and his offensive instinct could help the team regain their touch of goal.
Mohamed Salah (RW) – Rest for the loss to Burnley, Salah’s only goal in the last six games came in the previous round of this competition. They still have their best goal chance and have to start.
Roberto Firmino (ST) – His form has been poor for the most part this season, but he seems to have more chances than anyone else and his creativity will be key.
Takumi Minamino (LW) – Was excellent in the 7-0 win over Crystal Palace, but has since been limited to less than 68 minutes of action. Should come for Mane out of shape and look to pick up where he left off.