Can Liverpool Finally Get Their First Premier League Win of the Season?
Liverpool player Mohammed Salah celebrates scoring versus Manchester United last season
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All eyes are currently on Liverpool after their disappointing start to the season, only managing to claim 2 points in 2 matches of the Premier League. On Monday, the Reds will face fierce rivals Manchester United in a bid to find their form from last season.

How is each side currently looking?

Liverpool injury update

Joel Matip is the first name on the list, currently suffering from a muscle strain. Jurgen Klopp believes he will be ready for selection in 2 weeks' time.

Thiago Alcantara will also be unavailable after an injury struck the midfielder during LFC's opener versus Fulham. Jurgen Klopp described his injury as "not good" and it is likely he will be out of action for at least 4 weeks.

Ibrahima Konate is "out for a while" according to Klopp, after the central defender picked up an injury in the final preseason friendly versus RC Strasbourg Alsace.

Thiago and Konate will both be absent from Liverpool's squad for the foreseeable future due to injury
Thiago and Konate will both be absent from Liverpool's squad for the foreseeable future due to injury
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Diogo Jota and Curtis Jones have been described as "getting closer". Jota is suffering from a recurring hamstring issue, while Curtis Jones has been seen several times wearing a protective boot after sustaining an injury at the end of the preseason.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered a "serious hamstring injury and it will take longer." The English midfielder has been out since the Reds played a friendly versus Crystal Palace in Singapore.

New signing Calvin Ramsay hasn't yet made his debut for Liverpool since an injury was discovered in the 19-year-old's medical. No comment has yet been made on the timeline of the issue

Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher looks likely to be available for selection in the foreseeable future after picking up an injury during international duties with his country The Republic of Ireland.

Darwin Nunez will be out for the next three matches due to a suspension being served after his red card in Liverpool's previous match versus Crystal Palace. The Uruguayan has since apologised for his actions in the game and will be looking to get back on the field as soon as possible.

In a positive update, Roberto Firmino is expected to be ready for Monday's fixture after missing out versus Palace as a precaution. Jurgen Klopp when talking on the matter said "Bobby trained completely normal,[and he] is ready."

Manchester United Injury Update

Anthony Martial is in contention for the squad after his hamstring injury saw him miss out on the first two games of the season versus Crystal Palace and Brentford. 

Defender Victor Lindelof is yet to make an appearance for United after sustaining an injury during the preseason. In his pre-match press conference, Ten Hag said that "Victor has not returned to the training pitch" meaning it could be another few weeks before the Swede is seen back in action.

20-year-old Facundo Pellistri has suffered an ankle injury that according to Ten Hag could prevent him from being sent out on loan in this window. He is expected to return to fitness during September.

The Manchester United vs Liverpool rivalry is arguably the biggest in England. The fixture on Monday has become more meaningful after both clubs are searching for their first Premier League win of the season.

The managers' thoughts

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Erik Ten Hag and Jurgen Klopp
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Erik Ten Hag:

On the rivalry: "I know we are the rivals. We have to win every game but especially this game"

On his team's recent performance: "I think I make myself clear. I was definitely not happy... the basic stuff has to be good, and that starts with the right attitude. So you need a fighting spirit on the pitch and I didn't see that from minute one."

On the circulating rumours that United fans will be protesting against the owners on Monday: "I can only say the owners want to win and the fans, we want them behind the club."

Jurgen Klopp:

Monday's fixture: "I couldn't be less interested in the results from last year – they were different games, different situations."

The Nunez red card: "We are human beings and maybe made mistakes in our lives and will make mistakes in our life."

Man United's recent form:  "I would prefer to play them after they won 5-0, definitely. That's how it is. But it's not dreamland, so we have to take it like it is." 

United have recently received a boost that Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro could be on his way to Manchester. [source: Sky Sports News]

Could this be a turning point for the struggling Manchester club? 

Both teams will be eager to make this match a first win of the season, and with the stakes so high, it is likely we will be in for a treat on Monday evening.

The game will kick off at 8 PM, live on Sky Sports Main Events and Sky Sports Premier League.

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