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As the anticipation builds for the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford this Sunday, both teams are gearing up with their latest squad news. Let’s dive into the details of who’s in, who’s out, and what to expect from this highly anticipated encounter.

Liverpool’s Squad Update

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp provided insight into his squad’s status ahead of the crucial cup tie. While there are some concerns, there are also positive developments on the injury front.

Defensive Concerns

The Reds might have to navigate the match without the services of defender Ibrahima Konate, who is battling an injury. Klopp expressed uncertainty about Konate’s availability, stating, “Ibou didn’t train today. We have to see if he can train tomorrow but it will be a tight, tight race which we will probably lose, but we don’t know.”

Positive News

However, there’s positive news regarding Bobby Clark and Ryan Gravenberch. Clark, who suffered a knock in the Europa League fixture against Sparta Prague, is feeling better according to Klopp. Gravenberch, who has been sidelined since the Carabao Cup final, is back in contention after returning to training.

Long-Term Absentees

The absence of pivotal players such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, and Diogo Jota due to long-term injuries persists as a significant challenge for Liverpool. These key absences not only impact the team’s on-field performance but also exert considerable pressure on the available squad members.

With each match, the burden on the remaining players intensifies as they are tasked with filling the void left by these injured stars. It’s a test of resilience and depth for the team, as they must navigate the season’s hurdles without some of their most influential contributors. As Liverpool strives to maintain their competitive edge in various competitions, the importance of collective effort and individual contributions from the squad becomes ever more pronounced in the face of such adversity.

Suspension Risk in the FA Cup

Furthermore, it’s imperative to highlight the precarious situation facing Clark, Harvey Elliott, and Gravenberch as they navigate the FA Cup battleground. With every step they take, they walk a tightrope, acutely aware that just one misstep, one ill-timed challenge, could result in a one-match suspension, thereby potentially altering the course of their FA Cup journey. The looming threat of disciplinary action hangs over them like a shadow, emphasizing the importance of their composure and discipline in this esteemed competition.

Full Klopp’s press conference ahead of FA cup clash

Manchester United’s Squad Update

On the other side, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag shared updates on his squad’s fitness ahead of the FA cup clash with Liverpool.

Potential Returns

Ten Hag indicated that Rasmus Hojlund, Harry Maguire, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be back in contention for the upcoming fixture. He stated, “They returned on the pitch. Partly in the start of the week and, today, we had a session that they were all training.”

Encouraging Signs

Additionally, the return of Tom Heaton and Mason Mount’s involvement in training sessions throughout the week provide further encouragement for United fans. Mount’s presence could bolster United’s midfield options, adding depth and quality to the team.

Confirmed Absentees

However, United will be without the services of Altay Bayindir, Tyrell Malacia, Anthony Martial, and others due to injuries and suspensions, posing challenges for ten Hag in selecting his starting lineup.

Carrington training centre: Manchester United

Match Build-Up

Taking a deeper dive into their recent form, both Manchester United and Liverpool enter this highly anticipated fixture with contrasting results in their respective recent outings.

Manchester United’s Recent Form

The Red Devils secured a convincing 2-0 victory over Everton in their last match, showcasing their defensive solidity and ability to grind out results when needed. This win provided a boost to United’s confidence and momentum as they prepare to face Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Liverpool’s Recent Form

In stark contrast, Liverpool put on a breathtaking display of attacking prowess in their previous game, demolishing Sparta Prague with a commanding 6-1 victory. This performance highlighted Liverpool’s potency in front of goal and served as a statement of intent as they seek to continue their cup run against their arch-rivals.

These contrasting results not only emphasize the different strengths and playing styles of the two teams but also add an intriguing dynamic to their upcoming encounter. As the teams prepare to clash at Old Trafford, the stage is set for a captivating battle between two sides eager to assert their dominance and secure a coveted spot in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Man Utd’s Recent Lineup ahead of FA Cup Clash

In their recent match against Everton, United fielded a lineup consisting of Onana, Dalot, Evans, Varane, Lindelof, Mainoo, Casemiro, Garnacho, McTominay, Fernandes, and Rashford, demonstrating their depth and versatility across the pitch.

Liverpool’s Recent Lineup ahead of FA Cup Clash

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s lineup against Sparta Prague featured Kelleher, Bradley, Quansah, Gomez, Robertson, Endo, Szoboszlai, Clark, Gakpo, Nunez, and Salah, highlighting their attacking prowess and ability to dominate opposition defenses.

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With both teams eager to secure a spot in the FA Cup semi-finals, the stage is set for an enthralling encounter at Old Trafford. As the teams finalize their preparations and await the referee’s whistle, fans can expect nothing short of a thrilling spectacle between two footballing giants. Stay tuned for all the action and drama as Manchester United take on Liverpool in what promises to be a captivating FA Cup showdown.

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By Abdulkadir Salim

Abdulkadir Salim Is content writer for Liverpool FC Times

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