Liverpool round-up: Early team news and Simon Mignolet reveals his vow

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A select round-up of the latest news relating to Liverpool:

Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield this afternoon for a huge Premier League encounter that could define both sides’ seasons.

United are currently fourth in the table with the Reds just one place and two points below them in fifth, meaning a victory for either side this afternoon and Champions League football next season will look a lot more likely.

In early team news, the BBC reports that while Lucas Leiva is back in training after five weeks out this match could come too soon for him.

There is better news regarding Mario Balotelli, who has recovered from illness after sitting out the 1-0 win against Swansea City on Monday.

In other news, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has been speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the huge fixture.

Brendan Rodgers’ side lost the reverse fixture at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign but the Belgian stopper explained that day was something of a catalyst for him.

Mignolet was told he would not play in that match but rather than losing his confidence he set about reclaiming his place as soon as possible.

“The day after, I started training, making sure I was ready for when the opportunity came across in a better way,” he said.

There is no doubt that since then, he has proved emphatically that he deserves his place between the posts for Liverpool.

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