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The teams are out on the pitch. You’ll never walk alone echoes around Anfield ahead of this clash between two fierce rivals and we are now underway. United are in their blue and white away strip and look to have deployed a more conservative formation, appearing to start with a back five in defence.
Hennderson, van Dijk return
Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk both return to the starting team for Liverpool after their 3-2 win over Manchester City in the Cup in what are the only changes for the Reds.
Rashford in for Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo was in superb form for United, netting a hat-trick in the 3-2 win over Norwich last week. He’ll be replaced by Marcus Rashford in the forward line with Bruno Fernandes playing in a more advanced. role.
No Ronaldo for United
The big news from the team sheet is the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United’s Portuguese star will not feature against Liverpool, staying with his girlfriend and family who are grieving the death of his newborn son. Ronaldo announced the tragic news on Tuesday morning that his twin son had died shortly after his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez had given birth.
Cristiano Ronaldo described his son’s death “the greatest pain that any parents can feel”.Credit:Getty Images
Manchester United announced Ronaldo would not be part of the squad to face Liverpool.
“Family is more important than everything and Ronaldo is supporting his loved ones at this immensely difficult time,” United said.
“As such, we can confirm that he will not feature in the match against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday evening and we underline the family’s request for privacy.
“Cristiano, we are all thinking of you and sending strength to the family.”
Good morning and welcome
Good morning and welcome to the live coverage from Liverpool’s clash against Manchester United at Anfield. The Reds are just one point off Manchester City in top spot, whom they could leapfrog with a win over their bitter rivals this morning. Manchester United desperately need a win to keep their hopes of a top four finish alive.
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