Matip return boosts Liverpool ahead of Old Trafford trip


Liverpool defender Joel Matip looks set to make his comeback in Sunday's Premier League trip to Manchester United after returning to training.

Former Cameroon international Matip has been an integral part of Liverpool’s side this season and he has made six Premier League starts, scoring one goal in the 3-1 victory at home to Arsenal on August 24.

However, the 28-year-old defender has missed the last two victories – a 4-3 against Salzburg in the Champions League and a 2-1 triumph over Leicester City in the league – after picking up a knock in the 1-0 win at Sheffield United on September 28.

Englishman Joe Gomez and Croatian Dejan Lovren have both filled in over the last two games but manager Jurgen Klopp looks like he will have the option of choosing Matip alongside Dutch maestro Virgil van Dijk this weekend.

The German-born defender is back in training, having had time to recover over the international break, and barring any complications he will at least be named in the squad for Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford.

Klopp is also expected to have goalkeeper Alisson back in the mix after he also returned to training, but it remains to be seen whether manager will stick with Adrian or recall the Brazilian.

Egypt international Mohamed Salah has also overcome a knock he picked up prior to the international and he is expected to line up alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in that formidable attacking trio

Liverpool have a perfect domestic record this season, winning all eight matches, and they go up against a United side that are just two points above the relegation zone.

The Red Devils lost 1-0 at Newcastle United last time out and it is claimed another defeat could spell the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stint at the Theatre of Dreams.

Liverpool, who are chasing their maiden Premier League title, are unbeaten in the last three meetings against 20-time English champions United and Sunday’s visitors will be hoping to pile the misery on their rivals.