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Mo Salah injury: Liverpool FC star to miss Manchester United match

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Mo Salah injury: Liverpool FC star to miss Manchester United match

Liverpool FC will get one star back Sunday against Manchester United, but another will miss the match entirely. 

Star striker Mohamed Salah was not in Liverpool's matchday squad at Old Trafford after injuring his ankle before the international break. Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, meanwhile, returns to the Reds' starting XI for the first time in two months. 

Salah is tied for 10th in the English Premier League this season with four goals and tied for fourth with three assists. The Egyptian forward has won at least a share of the Golden Boot as the league's top scorer in each of the last two seasons. Salah injured his ankle in Liverpool's final match before the international break after a tackle from Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury. 

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Becker injured his calf on the opening day of the Premier League season, but Liverpool lost just once in all competitions and managed three clean sheets in his absence.

Still, the Brazilian keeper's return should boost Jurgen Klopp's club as the German manager tries to win at Old Trafford for the first time -- even if the league leaders are at less than full strength up top. 

Manchester City-Liverpool live stream: Watch EPL game online, on TV

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Manchester City-Liverpool live stream: Watch EPL game online, on TV

Liverpool's celebrations are only just beginning, and the Premier League champions (28-2-1; 86 points) will take the field with that distinction for the first time Thursday.

Manchester City's loss to Chelsea last week clinched the title for the Reds, and last year's champions give their successors a guard of honor when Liverpool and City (20-3-8; 63 points) play at the City of Manchester Stadium. A guard of honor is customary to commemorate Premier League champions when they clinch in-season, but it's not compulsory or even in the Premier League rulebook. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola already said his players would honor Liverpool on Thursday, but his squad can still play spoiler.

History is still on offer for Liverpool, who are on pace to smash league records for wins, points and the largest gap between first and second. City has a chance to disrupt those ambitions, all while maintaining form and potentially sending a message for next season's title race.

[RELATED: West Ham stun Pulisic-led Chelsea with 89th-minute winner]

Here's how to watch Thursday's Manchester City-Liverpool match live online and on TV.

When: Thursday, July 2 at 3:15 p.m. ET/12:15 p.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Live stream: NBC Sports

Watch West Ham stun Chelsea, Christian Pulisic with 89th-minute winner

Watch West Ham stun Chelsea, Christian Pulisic with 89th-minute winner

Chelsea picked a bad day to debut a new kit with a gigantic "3" emblazoned on the chest. 

The Blues lost to/drew London rivals West Ham United 3-2 on Wednesday, dropping points with a chance to take sole possession of third place in the Premier League. Chelsea wore their new blue kit -- sponsored by UK telecom company Three -- for the match, but West Ham striker Andriy Yarmolenko's 89th-minute winner provided the lasting image.

Willian scored in the 42nd minute after American star Christian Pulisic drew a penalty for Chelsea. West Ham responded soon after, with Tomas Soucek equalizing -- thus making up for a goal overturned by VAR and an own goal last week against Tottenham Hotspur -- in the first half's fifth minute of stoppage time.

Michail Antonio gave West Ham the lead in the 51st minute, but a magic moment from Willian erased the Irons' advantage. Pulisic drew a foul outside of the box, and Willian capitalized with a sublime free kick that evened the score at 2-2 in the 72nd minute.

Yarmolenko and West Ham got the last laugh just before stoppage time, earning a much-needed three points to move three clear of the relegation zone. The win clinched West Ham's first league double against Chelsea since the 2002-03 season, and the Irons were clinical in doing so. West Ham scored on all three shots on target.

Pulisic maintained his hot form, as did Willian. But Chelsea did not. The Blues once again dropped points from a winning position Wednesday, and they're much closer in that area to the clubs battling relegation than the ones chasing UEFA Champions League qualification.

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Leicester City's loss to Everton and Chelsea's defeat are boons for Manchester United, Wolves and the other teams looking to earn a spot in Europe next season. Chelsea's grip on fourth place is down to two points, while United and Wolves are only three points behind Leicester themselves.

There's still plenty of time for Chelsea to solidify a Champions League place, but another bad result could keep their new kits in the changing room.