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.
Jurgen Klopp on Salah’s absence “Mo was not ready, that’s how it is. He couldn’t train with the team; I don’t know where it came from that everybody said he will play. There was pretty much no chance for today, maybe for Wednesday [against Genk], we have to see” #MUNLIV— Richard Buxton (@RichardBuxton_) October 20, 2019
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.
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.