Premier League team news: Liverpool stars Salah and Firmino benched, Greenwood starts for Manchester United, Tammy Abraham returns

4 Dec

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will NOT start Liverpool’s Merseyside Derby at home to Everton on Wednesday night.

The pair have been named on the bench for the clash at Anfield, with Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri coming in.

Liverpool fans will be surprised to see Firmino and Salah benched
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Elsewhere, Adrian starts in goal after first choice keeper Alisson Becker picked up a red card in their win over Brighton on Saturday and Adam Lallana also starts.

Everton have named an unchanged XI from the team that lost to Leicester on Sunday but Theo Walcott has made a return to the matchday squad.

Liverpool XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Lallana, Shaqiri, Mane, Origi

Subs: Kelleher, Keita, Fabinho, Salah, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Everton: Pickford, Holgate, Mina, Keane, Sidibe, Digne, Davies, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison

Subs: Lossl, Baines, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Walcott, Tosun, Kean


Mason Greenwood has been handed his first Premier League start for Manchester United’s clash at home to Tottenham.

The striker, 18, has been eased into the first-team this season, making appearances in the Europa League as well as coming off the bench in eleven league matches this season.

Greenwood is highly-rated
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But manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given him the nod in a game which sees the Norwegian’s predecessor Jose Mourinho make his Old Trafford return, as he is now Spurs boss.

Man United midfielder Jesse Lingard has also been selected for the starting XI.

As for Spurs, they’ve made two changes from their victory over Bournemouth at the weekend with Harry Winks and Lucas Moura coming in for Eric Dier and Tanguy Ndombele. Christian Eriksen remains on the bench.

Will Mourinho come back to haunt his former club?
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Man United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young, McTominay, Fred, Lingard, James, Rashford, Greenwood

Subs: Romero, Tuanzebe, Shaw, Williams, Garner, Pereira, Mata

Tottenham XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Son, Lucas, Kane

Subs: Austin, Rose, Foyth, Dier, Ndombele, Eriksen, Lo Celso


Chelsea are also in action and have been handed a huge boost with the return of striker Tammy Abraham for Aston Villa’s visit of Stamford Bridge.

Abraham has ten Premier League goals so far this season
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Abraham missed the Blues’ two previous games with injury but has been deemed fit enough to start by Frank Lampard, who will be up against former team-mate John Terry, who is the Villans’ assistant manager.

Chelsea XI: Kepa, James, Zouma, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Kante, Mount, Willian, Abraham, Pulisic

Subs: Caballero, Tomori, Emerson, Jorginho, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Giroud

Aston Villa XI: Heaton, Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Marvelous, McGinn, Hourihane, Trezeguet, Wesley, Grealish

Subs: Nyland, Engels, Taylor, Douglas Luiz, Lansbury, Jota, Kodija



Below are the other matches in the top flight on Wednesday night.

Leicester vs Watford

Southampton vs Norwich

Wolves vs West Ham

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