Merson suggests Klopp could use Liverpool youngster Fabio Carvalho in surprise position against Man United.
Liverpool new boy Fabio Carvalho could be used as a striker against Manchester United on Monday, according to Paul Merson.
The rivalry between the Reds and Red Devils has always been intense. Over the last six years, Liverpool has been the more dominant side, but this season has been a nightmare for both clubs.
Manchester United are at the bottom of the Premier League table after losing their first two games. Brighton defeated them 2-1 at Old Trafford on the first day, before Brentford thrashed them 4-0 the following weekend.
Liverpool could have also been on zero points, but they managed a point in each of their first two games.
Liverpool are currently without a recognized striker. Darwin Nunez, their big-money summer signing, was sent off for a moment of madness last weekend and will miss the game at Old Trafford as a result.
Merson is still irritated that Liverpool let Sadio Mane leave, as the Senegal international would have been ideal for them right now. With him gone, the pundit is unsure who will start at the top for Liverpool on Monday. He wondered if it could be young Carvalho, a natural attacking midfielder.
He wrote in his column on Sportskeeda: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Sadio Mane is a huge miss for Liverpool. Why sell him for £30 million when you could’ve kept him around for a year and once again fought on all fronts, like they did last season?
“With Roberto Firmino injured and Darwin Nunez suspended, they have no one to come off the bench and make an impact as a substitute.
“I have no clue who is going to play up front with Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah – maybe young Fabio Carvalho will get thrown into the fray at Old Trafford?”
Despite their poor start to the season, Liverpool will be the favorites against Manchester United.
The Reds weren’t terrible in their first two games. On another day, they could have easily won those games, but they could also have lost them both.
However, everyone will agree on one point: they are still an extremely powerful side. They have the talent to blow teams away, and given how bad United has been, Klopp could make another statement at Old Trafford.
On Saturday, it will be interesting to see who will play up front for Liverpool. It will be a huge surprise if it is young Carvalho, who was signed for just £5 million (The Athletic) this summer.