Jurgen Klopp may be missing three key first team regulars when his Liverpool side host Manchester United at Anfield after the international break.
Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne all suffered injuries against Swansea City at the liberty stadium last time out and now look set miss the clash against United.
Mourinho’s men currently sit three points off Liverpool in the premier league table and having already dropped points against Manchester City earlier in the campaign the Portuguese will k`now all too well that he cannot afford to drop anymore points should he wish to make United genuine contenders for the title this season.
With Liverpool now set to be without the injured trio we take a look at how Klopp may line-up against Manchester United when they meet at Anfield on October 17th.
In between the sticks Loris Karius is likely to keep his place in the starting eleven over Simon Mignolet. Karius endured a difficult time against Swansea City last time out and United will no doubt be hoping that his shaky form continues when the sides meet after the international break.
At right-back Klopp is likely to hand a start to James Milner. His terrific work rate combined with his ability to get forward makes him a real asset for Klopp and is one which Mourinho will undoubtedly have to keep a close eye on. In the heart of Liverpool’s defence Joel Matip is likely to be partnered alongside new signing Ragnar Klavan, whilst Alberto Moreno looks set to come in at left-back.
Acting as Liverpool’s holding defensive midfielder will be Jordan Henderson. The former Sunderland’s man is likely to be partnered alongside with Georginio Wijnaldum and Philippe Coutinho who are set to play alongside the England international in a midfield three.
Out on the right hand side of midfield will be Sadio Mane. The Senegalese forward arguably stands as Liverpool’s biggest threat and Mourinho will no doubt have to pay close attention to him should he wish to leave Anfield with a result, whilst out on the left hand side Roberto Firmino seems a certainty to retain his place in the starting eleven.
Leading Liverpool’s attack is most likely to be Daniel Sturridge. On his day there are few better forwards in European football than Sturridge but should United manage to keep him quiet it could go a long way into United claiming all three points.