Liverpool take on Man United this weekend with the two facing off in a potential title decider for the first time in what feels like forever. The two sides have had contrasting fortunes in recent years but Man United have dragged themselves back into contention in recent weeks. Liverpool need to start Rhys Williams against Man United if Joel Matip isn’t fit.
Who would’ve thought that this game would be a potential title decider.
When the Reds started the season in fine fettle and Man United were sloppily dropping points we all thought it’d be more of the same this term.
Yet the Reds have struggled in the absence of their starting centre back partnership.
The effects have rippled through the squad. Liverpool are currently without a win in three.
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Man United on the other hand have been in strong form and arrive at Anfield as league leaders.
Joel Matip fitness worries
Jürgen Klopp has been without Joel Matip since the draw with West Brom.
The Cameroonian limped out of the game before West Brom equalised.
In his absence we’ve seen Nat Phillips at St. James’ Park and Jordan Henderson drop in at St. Mary’s.
Rhys Williams filled in against Aston Villa.
At the moment Matip looks unlikely to start against United as he’s failed to make first team training yet.
Rhys Williams v Man United
Should Matip not make the lineup then Rhys Williams has to start against Man United.
The youngster may not be ready for a game of this magnitude but we can’t start Hendo at he back again.
Whilst the skipper didn’t defend poorly at Southampton we missed his influence in the midfield.
We need our captain zipping about the middle not letting the opposition settle on the ball.
Starting Rhys Williams allows Klopp to pick Henderson in the middle alongside Thiago and Gini Wijnaldum, that’s the midfield we need.