28th July, 2018
A very mouth-watering match awaits lovers of football across the world this evening as Manchester United trade tackles with Liverpool F.C. in the International Champions Cup in a game taking place at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kick-off is scheduled for 22:05pm BST on Saturday, July 28.
This match will be the third pre-season game for Liverpool F.C. They had in earlier matches played, lost out to Borussia Dortmund by three goals to one in their first game but then bounced back with a comprehensive victory over Premier League title winners Manchester City whom they defeated 3-1.
Liverpool will be playing without a first-team goalkeeper in this match after Loris Karius picked up a knee injury. New signing Alisson is still on holiday, meaning academy stars Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher will likely be called upon to man the sticks.
In the same vein, defender Nathaniel Clyne has returned to the UK for family reasons, while Naby Keita might likely miss out after hurting his neck. Joel Matip is also missing after he had to leave the tour upon picking up an injury early on in the 3-1 defeat to Dortmund.
As for Manchester United, they defeated AC Milan on penalties after their midweek game ended in a draw in a game that clearly showed that the team is really missing their World Cup stars who are still on a holiday after the Mundial. A new addition to that list is Anthony Martial, who departed the tour to return home to witness the birth of his child.
Both teams have a long history of meetings and their head to head history is as follows: United have won 88 times against Liverpool; the Red Devils have been beaten 75 times, and the sides have shared 65 draws.
As at present, the list below is that of players presently in both teams’ Tour Squads:
Karius, Clyne, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Sturridge, Grujic, Klavan, Moreno, Lallana, Shaqiri, Robertson, Origi, Solanke, Phillips, Jones, Markovic, Ojo, Woodburn, Kelleher, Camacho, Chirivella, Grabara
Romero, Pereira, Grant, Valencia, Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, Williams, Smalling, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Mitchell, Shaw, Dalot (injured), Herrera, Pereira, McTominay, Hamilton, Garner, Martial, Mata, Chong, Gomes, Greenwood, Bohui
So which players are likely to be featured for this evening’s game? Below are the expected team lists.
Man Utd XI: Grant, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw, Herrera, McTominay, Pereira, Garner, Chong, Sanchez
Liverpool XI: Karius, Gomez, Van Dijk, Klavan, Robertson, Fabinho, Camacho, Milner, Mane, Salah, Origi