Manchester United host Liverpool in a blockbuster clash live on Sky Sports Premier League this Sunday – but which team is fresher after international duties?
Liverpool are more likely to suffer from fatigue this weekend after clocking 66,553 air miles over the past week – three times the distance covered by Manchester United players.
Man Utd vs Liverpool
October 20, 2019, 3:00pm
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In addition, Liverpool’s travelling contingent collectively played 1,121 minutes for their national sides, compared with 913 minutes by United players.
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For United, only Harry Maguire (England) and Daniel James (Wales) played every minute, with the latter appearing to suffer concussion in a Ryan Giggs and Daniel James criticised for head injury ‘acting’
In total, four players failed to clock game time during the international schedule, including Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Origi for Liverpool, and Tahith Chong for United.
United youngster Angel Gomes has experienced only nine minutes in the Premier League this season but netted both goals as England U20s drew 2-2 with Italy U20s, before featuring in a dismal 3-0 defeat to the Czech Republic U20s.
Meanwhile, team-mate Marcus Rashford ended a three-game goal drought in an England shirt during the racism-marred 6-0 win against Bulgaria in Sofia.
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Did James suffer concussion on duty for Wales? If he did, he would almost certainly be ruled out this weekend. But United have one more serious doubt for Sunday.
David de Gea suffered a groin strain on the hour mark during Spain’s 1-1 draw with Sweden, which also saw Victor Lindelof start for the opposition – despite injury concerns of his own.
A host of other United stars have been sidelined with injuries, but Anthony Martial, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Mason Greenwood and Phil Jones are all in contention to be fit, while Paul Pogba remains a doubt.
As United’s No 1 looks set to be sidelined, Liverpool stopper Alisson is on course for a return after suffering a calf injury in the opening game of the season, while Joel Matip, Mo Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri should be fit.