Liverpool v Sheffield United is go!
1 min: Sheffield United get the ball rolling, their players wearing green shirts, yellow shorts and yellow socks. Liverpool’s players wear their usual home kit of red shirts, shorts and socks.
Not long now: The teams are out on the pitch, Sheffield United trouping out first, closely followed by Liverpool. Alisson points to the sky, getting a quick prayer in before lining up with his team-mates in a socially responsible fashion. It’s all about the optics – they’ll be getting up close and personal in just a minute or so.
Jurgen Klopp speaks: “Having ALisson back is good news,” says Liverpool’s manager, upon being asked the alarmingly stupid question: is having Alisson back good news. “It was his decision and he’s old enough and experienced enough to make it.”
Chris Wilder: “He’s a talented young player and we’re delighted we brought him to the football club,” says Sheffield United’s gaffer upon being asked about Rhian Brewster. “I’m looking forward to watching him play tonight.
Elsewhere in the Premier league
In torrential rain, Manchester United and Chelsea have just played out a very boring stalemate in a match both managers seemed more intent on not losing than winning. Manchester United were lucky to survive a first-half penalty shout, when Harry Maguire clearly grappled Cesar Azpilicueta at a corner.
Those teams: Jurgen Klopp makes three changes to the side that drew with Everton last weekend, two of them enforced. Gini Wijnaldum comes into midfield in place of Fabinho, who drops to fill the Virgil van Dijk-shaped hole in Liverpool’s defence alongside Joe Gomez. Thiago Alcantara has not recovered sufficiently to make the matchday squad, which means Diogo Jota is in. Joel Matip is also out injured, but Alisson returns to the side.
A liverpool player until recently, Rhian Brewster makes his full debut for Sheffield United. Max Lowe appears to have been stood down after suffering a blow to the head against Fulham last week, while Oliver Norwood drops to the bench. Ethan Ampadu and Ben Osborn come into the side.
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Liverpool v Sheffield United line-ups
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Fabinho, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Jota, Mane.
Subs: Adrian, Milner, Jones, Minamino, Shaqiri, Phillips, Williams.
Sheffield United: Ramsdale, Baldock, Basham, Egan, Ampadu, Stevens, Berge, Lundstram, Osborn, McBurnie, Brewster.
Subs: Verrips, Sharp, Burke, Jagielka, Norwood, McGoldrick, Robinson.
Early Sheffield United team news
Having scored just twice in five Premier League thus far, Sheffield United are in dire need of goals and former Liverpool player Rhian Brewster could be the man to provide them if he is handed his full debut for the club following his recent move. Left-back Max Lowe got a bang on the head against Fulham last week and was due to be assessed before the blades boarded their bus to Merseyside.
Early Liverpool team news
It’s flown below the radar so you may have missed the news, but Liverpool are going to be without Virgil van Dijk for the foreseeable future after he tore his ACL during last weekend’s Merseyside derby. The victim of an ludicrous Jordan Pickford challenge that went unpunished and has prompted no end of Liverpool supporters to call for the Everton goalkeeper to be brought to the Hague and tried for crimes against humanity, Van Dijk could miss the rest of the season and we wish him well as begins his recovery.
Also clattered in that game, Thiago Alcantara will be assessed before kick-off. Having been out with a shoulder injury, Alisson Becker is reported to be returning to full fitness and may return tonight. Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and defender Konstantinos Tsimikas are both out, while Naby Keita and Joel Matip are major doubts.
Premier League: Liverpool v Sheffield United
Sheffield United’s bad start to the season could be about to get a whole lot worse as they travel to Anfield to take on the reigning champions. A revelation last season following their promotion from the Championship, Chris Wilder’s side picked up their first point of the current campaign in a slightly fortuitous draw against fellow strugglers Fulham last weekend.
They’ll have their work cut out to take anything home today, but will fancy their chances against a team that have been imperious at times, but occasionally bang average and – against Aston Villa – downright awful. Kick-off is at 8pm (BST), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.