Mohamed Salah faces late Liverpool fitness test ahead of Man Utd trip

18 October 2019, 12:39 | Updated: 18 October 2019, 14:52

Liverpool will make a late call on the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Joel Matip ahead of Sunday's trip to Manchester United, while Alisson looks set to return.

Salah, the Egypt forward, injured his ankle in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Leicester in the last game before the international break. Matip, the Cameroonian centre-back, has been out since last month's 1-0 win at Sheffield United.

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Klopp refused to confirm whether the injured duo would be back for the trip to Old Trafford, but offered a positive update on the fitness of goalkeeper Alisson, who has been out since August.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Klopp said: "Alisson looks completely fine and the others had sessions. Two sessions to go and we will see.

"We will have to see how we deal with that situation. So far everything is good but still two sessions to come."

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Asked for an injury update on the trio at his news conference, Klopp added: "They are doing better. How good we have to see. There's two more sessions to come. We have to make decisions and that's how it is. Nothing is fixed yet."

'United vs Liverpool? It's the salt in the soup'

Asked how much he enjoys these occasions, he said: "A lot! It's the salt in the soup. Would love to prepare this game with a full week. But now we have an international break - same for both teams.

"The players from the international duty they all came back healthy which is very important. So we have three or four days with the full squad to prepare which is a little bit comfortable at least. I love it."

Klopp unaware of Old Trafford record

Liverpool can equal Manchester City's run of 18 consecutive wins in the league with a victory against United. In order to do so, Klopp will have to win at Old Trafford - something he has failed to do since joining Liverpool.

"I wouldn't have known we've not won there since I've been here because I don't think about these things," said Klopp.

"Let's try at least for the first time and if we cannot win then let's perform in the best possible way. If they beat us then, then congratulations.

"We are not nervous because of the winning streak and the history we could make," he added."We are very relaxed and very ambitious as well."

Man Utd team news

Manchester United continue to struggle with injuries, with David de Gea likely to be sidelined. Paul Pogba is definitely out of the match with an ongoing ankle issue and De Gea pulled up with a groin complaint on international duty.

Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka could return against Liverpool on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, but question marks hang over Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot and Mason Greenwood.

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How to watch with Sky Sports

You can watch the game live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, with our TV build-up kicking-off at 3pm where David Jones will be joined by a host of Sky Sports pundits to preview the crunch encounter.

There is a whole range of options to complement and enhance your viewing experience with Sky Sports - for both subscribers and non-subscribers.

For non-subscribers, Manchester United vs Liverpool is accessible through a NOW TV pass. Grab a Month Pass for just £20 (usually £33.99).

Sky Premier League subscribers will also be able to tune in to watch the channel's coverage on Sky Go.

Also, this season, you can watch Premier League highlights with Sky Sports just after the full-time whistle for free and without being a Sky Sports subscriber.

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Want to catch-up? Highlights and the best of all the best from before, after and during the game will also be published On Demand.