The Chalkboard: Klopp should start Naby Keita at right-back to stop Marcus Rashford

Liverpool will be without the injured trio Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez for the visit of Manchester United on Sunday, which has handed Jurgen Klopp a huge selection dilemma at right-back as the Reds look to hold on to top spot in the Premier League table.

On the chalkboard

Jurgen Klopp has largely flitted between Alexander-Arnold and Gomez in that role so far this season with Nathaniel Clyne suffering from injury and further down the pecking order, although the versatile James Milner did fill in there during the 4-0 win against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium last weekend.

Despite Man United’s disappointing season to date, they still have the attacking players to pose the Merseyside outfit some real problems at Anfield, and one of those dangermen is Marcus Rashford.

The England international has arguably been Jose Mourinho’s men’s best player in recent weeks after scoring one and setting up two more against Fulham in their previous top flight encounter, before following that up with another goal as a substitute against Valencia in midweek, and he may well line up on the left-hand side in a 4-2-3-1 system.

Should Milner start at right-back?

While Clyne has returned to training, it remains to be seen whether he can actually start given how little game time he has had in recent seasons, and even though Milner is a consistent and reliable performer and probably the man in the Liverpool team with the most experience to step in on Sunday, Klopp should consider taking a risk instead.

Rashford will use his pace, skill and ability to cut in on his right foot to great effect at Anfield, and Milner may just not have the mobility to deal with him.

Instead, the German manager should take an almighty risk and start Naby Keita there instead, with the Guinea international proving he has all of the traits to ensure the in-form Red Devil has no space to work in.

The 23-year-old isn’t afraid of a tackle and appears to have improved his disciplinary record which would have been a worry when he signed, and he has only averaged 0.2 fewer tackles than Milner per game in the Premier League so far this season – playing 364 fewer minutes, as per WhoScored.