Man Utd team Jurgen Klopp expects will line-up against Liverpool at Old Trafford
Jurgen Klopp thinks he knows the Manchester United team his Liverpool side will face in Sunday's Premier League showdown.
Klopp's side head to Old Trafford eyeing a win that would boost their Champions League chances and could also end their rivals' title hopes.
United must win to keep alive their slim chances of catching Manchester City at the top of the table – but they head into the clash boosted by Thursday's thrilling 6-2 win over Roma.
Liverpool boss Klopp says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side face a "tough challenge" to recover in time for Sunday's afternoon kick-off.
But he expects to face largely the same team that took control of the Europa League semi-final – with a few tweaks.
"It's really a tough challenge, definitely, for them," said the Reds chief on Friday. "Today they obviously recover, tomorrow they have second-day recovery and on the next day they play again, so there's not a lot you can really do in training to change things or whatever.
"But I don't think United anyway wanted to change a lot. I think like 75 per cent of the team is the same team playing most of the games – last line, midfield pretty much [is] Fred, McTominay, maybe Matic comes in and then the four up front.
"Fernandes is playing pretty much all games and the other three he can change from time to time.
So is it Rashford up front or Greenwood up front, is it James on the wing or Greenwood on the wing, is Rashford on the wing, or Pogba on the wing?
"Obviously Pogba played obviously again a really good game last night. So who we will face is pretty clear. That they cannot make massive changes and probably will not make if they had no injuries last night, I think that's clear."
Dean Henderson could return in goal in place of David de Gea, while as Klopp says, the back four is likely to be Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw.
McTominay and Fred have played the last three games together in midfield, so Nemanja Matic could come in.
Edinson Cavani scored twice for United against Roma so could lead the line again, unless Solskjaer opts to rotate and play either Mason Greenwood or Marcus Rashford up front, with Anthony Martial currently injured.
And as Klopp alludes to, Fernandes will play in his usual 10 role, with Solskjaer able to pick from Rashford, Greenwood, Paul Pogba and Dan James on the flanks.
Liverpool go into Sunday's game in sixth place in the Premier League, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea – so a win is crucial to hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League.
City will be confirmed as champions this weekend if they see off Crystal Palace on Saturday and Liverpool beat United the following day.
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