Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season over the weekend as they were edged out by Southampton but the good news is they immediately have a chance to bounce back against their arch rivals.
Brendan Rodgers is likely to make several changes to his side for the clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday with Luis Suarez likely to make his first appearance of the season.
Here is the side Rodgers may go with.
GK – Brad Jones
Simon Mignolet’s enthusiasm is admirable but Rodgers may take this chance to give Liverpool’s reserve goalkeeper a chance to shine. Jones has plenty of experience and is more than capable of doing an efficient job for the side.
RB – Andre Wisdom
Rodgers has threatened to use Wisdom regularly at right back already this season and he’ll be aware that this is a good chance for the youngster to enhance his experience. His pace going forward will be very difficult for United to cope with.
CB – Tiago Ilori
Rodgers may choose to throw the 20-year-old in at the deep end with a debut appearance for the first team. Liverpool invested heavily in him during the summer and he should relish the chance to start. His height, strength and presence should help him.
CB – Mamadou Sakho
Sakho looks like he could potentially be a great centre back for Liverpool. However, he’s also looked a little bit rusty and in need of games. His match fitness will be high after back-to-back appearances in the Premier League.
LB – Jose Enrique
The Spaniard started on the bench over the weekend, which means he’ll be slightly fresher. His experience will be vital in a potentially new look back four and he’ll also be very important in terms of getting up on the left hand side to provide another outlet for the Liverpool midfield.
RM – Raheem Sterling
Sterling’s skill as a winger means he has to play. His pace, his direct nature and his skill in possession mans he could give United headaches throughout the 90 minutes. He, like many others in the side, should be very determined to make the most of this chance and prove why he should be in the first team more regularly.
CM – Jordan Henderson
Henderson has been one of Liverpool’s most consistent midfielders so far this season. He can control the pace and flow of Liverpool’s attacking play holding a central position, dropping back to help the defence or getting forward to support the attack.
CM – Lucas
Lucas can sit and protect the back four, linking the defence with the midfield and generally offloading the ball to more creative players. The temptation for Rodgers will be to rest him but Liverpool don’t have anyone as good in the side that does what the Brazilian does.
CM – Luis Alberto
Alberto has been producing some good work in the Development Squad at Liverpool, which is one of the most competitive in the country. There were calls for him to come into the side and take Philippe Coutinho’s position over the weekend but Rodgers resisted, potentially with starting him here in mind.
LM – Victor Moses
It may be counter productive to drop Moses just as he’s getting his teeth into a prolonged spell of first team football. What he offers in an attacking sense in terms of his pace and movement, means he should keep his place down the left.
ST – Luis Suarez
Rodgers will more than likely take this chance to rest Daniel Sturridge which means a chance for Suarez to walk back into his centre forward position. It will be interesting to see what sort of start he has having not played competitive football for the club since last season.
What do you think? Should Aspas start? Should Alberto be played on the left?
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