6 Oct 2016

Great News for Liverpool: €28m LFC 'machine' set to return against Manchester United

Liverpool face Manchester United when the Premier League resumes, and new reports today suggest that the Reds' squad will be close to full strength for the game.

According to the Liverpool Echo:

"Liverpool are confident Nathaniel Clyne will be fit for the visit of Manchester United. Liverpool believe [Clyne] will benefit from the extended break".

Where possible, it is absolutely vital to consistently field the same defensive unit for Premier League games, and that means playing Clyne, Lovren (who is also expected to be fit), Matip, and Milner together as often as possible.

The more Matip et al play together, the more they'll build up rhythm/rapport, and mutual understanding, and given Liverpool's atrocious defensive record over the last few years, this is clearly essential.

After a poor start (five goals conceded in the first two games), the Reds' defence has improved, with team conceding just five goals in the last six games.

Clean sheets in the league remain elusive, though, but with any luck, Liverpool will get their first clean sheet of the season against Manchester United.

* Clyne: €28m-rated (CIES Football Observatory). Described by Klopp as a 'machine'.


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