Liverpool make the short trip to Manchester United this week with the Reds knowing that a win is crucial to the side’s top four hopes. Three points could make the world of difference come the end of the season. Jürgen Klopp needs to start Rhys Williams against Manchester United after Ozan Kabak picked up an injury.
Liverpool take on Manchester United
The North West Derby is a huge game at the best of times.
This edition has taken on an extra significance for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, the Reds are desperate for a win in order to help realise their distant dream of still finishing in the top four.
Jürgen Klopp’s side has slid down the table in recent months due to some torrid form at the start of the year.
Secondly, this fixture was postponed last week when Manchester United fans invaded Old Trafford and protested outside the team hotel, a further angry stand against the much maligned Glazer family.
Ozan Kabak injury
The Reds go into the game with the confidence of a 2-0 win over Southampton in their back pocket.
The side managed to eke out a narrow win over the Saints at the weekend after yet another series of injury blows to the side.
Ozan Kabak was ruled out of the game, along with Ben Davies, Naby Keita and James Milner.
Rhys Williams v Manchester United
We had to recall our lanky 20-year-old backup option for the game.
Rhys Williams has to start against Manchester United too if Ozan Kabak still isn’t fit.
The centre back gives Jürgen Klopp the freedom to play Fabinho in the midfield, we can’t do without the Brazilian in the middle when Bruno Fernandes is around.
Keeping Williams at the back could change the game. Taking Fabby out the midfield would be a big mistake.