Salah to be fit to face Man Utd
Liverpool have put Mohamed Salah on a special training regime in order for him to be fit for the showdown with Manchester United this weekend, the Mirror claim.
The Egypt international suffered an ankle injury before the international break against Leicester.
Foxes midfielder Hamza Choudhury was criticised after the match by Jurgen Klopp for the nature of the tackle.
Reds goalkeeper Alisson has also stepped up his recovery and is likely to return at Old Trafford.
Allegri to Man Utd ‘very close’
Manchester United are very close to appointing Massimiliano Allegri as their new manager.
Italian outlet Tuttosport claim ex-Juventus manager Allegri is close to signing a deal at Old Trafford.
Allegri is supposedly keen to get the move wrapped up within the next fortnight to allow enough time to turn the season around.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could face the sack in the coming weeks.
Reports have claimed the United boss will be sacked if the Red Devils lose against Liverpool this weekend.
De Gea injury update
David De Gea’s groin injury is not serious, Express Sport understands.
However, the Manchester United stopper will likely miss the Liverpool clash on Sunday afternoon.
De Gea was forced off during Spain’s 1-1 draw with Sweden on Tuesday night.
The United ace will undergo a scan and full assessment in Manchester on Wednesday.
While the injury is not serious, De Gea could still miss several weeks until he recovers fully.
Double deal backed
Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has backed Manchester United to sign English duo James Maddison and Declan Rice – but not until next summer.
“I think they’re both part of what I think this coming summer, not in January but this coming summer, I think there’s no question Manchester United will be trying to sign these two guys,” Nicol told ESPN FC.
“They’ve already said and certainly Ole’s said that he’s looking to build the youth and would certainly like some home-based guys, and these two 100 per cent fit the bill.
“Not just because they’re English, not just because they’re talented, but because they will 100 per cent make Manchester United better and mean that United could challenge for the top four.
“So I think both of these are going to be a hit in the summer, but not in January.
“So Declan Rice, I think yes, West Ham will take a large amount of money and Leicester, unless Leicester finish in the top three, I think [Maddison] will go because again, I think they will feel that they can go out with money, as they have done over the last four or five years and replace players they’ve sold with somebody else.
“I think [there will be competition for United] but I think particularly for English players the name Manchester United is still one of the best in the world, as far as British players are concerned.
“So I think the fact Man United will come in for two English guys, it would carry a lot more weight.”