Liverpool: Martial and Smalling start as Mourinho makes three changes

Liverpool: Martial and Smalling start as Mourinho makes three changes”

Suggestions were made that Jose Mourinho just might go for three at the back at Anfield.


Steve Nicol explains why Manchester United's trip to Anfield is a big opportunity for Romelu Lukaku.

United were lethal under Alex Ferguson and aiming for a draw at the home of their bitter rivals would not have gone down well, as the match against Liverpool offered a ideal opportunity to pick-off a vulnerable defence but Mourinho opted to play it safe.

Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial have been handed starting berths in Manchester United's Premier League clash with Liverpool.

Mourinho has rotated between Rashford and Anthony Martial over the course of the season and made a decision to start the Frenchman in the league for the first time since August.

Antonio Valencia is named in defence along with Jones, Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian, while Ashley Young also starts for the fourth game in a row and Henrikh Mkhitaryan maintains his record of starting every Premier League game so far this season. Eric Bailly is not included in the matchday squad, while Victor Lindelof and Axel Tuanzebe are among the substitutes.

Jurgen Klopp is without Sadio Mane after the Senegal worldwide injured his hamstring but Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho have been passed fit.

Liverpool make two changes, with Emre Can coming in for the injured Sadio Mané.

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent.

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