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We have to be wary of struggling United, says Robertson

Wise head: Liverpool ace Andrew Robertson is taking nothing for granted
Wise head: Liverpool ace Andrew Robertson is taking nothing for granted

By Carl Markham

Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson knows Manchester United would love to kick-start their season by ending their arch-rivals' 17-match winning run in the league.

Jurgen Klopp's side head to Old Trafford looking to equal Manchester City's sequence of successive Premier League victories and, with a 15-point advantage and their hosts struggling, are strong favourites to do so.

United are low on confidence having not won in five matches, but Robertson is well aware what a galvanising effect a meeting - this will be the 203rd - between England's two most decorated clubs can have.

"There is always an edge to it. It's a proper game and, sometimes, it gets played like a cup tie," he said. "I don't think it matters what your form is like in these games. It doesn't matter that we've won eight on the bounce (in the league this season) and they're struggling. It's Man United v Liverpool.

"I have no doubt that they'll produce a reaction after a poor performance against Newcastle.

"I'm absolutely sure that they will be firing and wanting to kick-start their season. For them, there would be no better time.

"But we have our own objectives and our own aims. That's what we've got to be striving for."

Centre-back Joel Matip is fit for the game having missed two matches prior to the international break with a minor leg problem.

"I'm back in training and hopefully I will stay fit," he said. "I'm back in training and I feel good. If I'm needed, I'll be there."

Matip was joined in training this week by goalkeeper Alisson, who is set to reclaim his first-team place from Adrian at Old Trafford having recovered from a calf injury which has kept him out since the opening match.

Liverpool are also hopeful Mohamed Salah, who twisted an ankle in the win over Leicester, will be available.

It is understood the Egyptian has been working to a tailored rehabilitation and training plan over the last couple of weeks in an attempt to recover.

Meanwhile, Liverpool, Manchester City and Celtic have been fined by Uefa for incidents in recent European matches.

The Reds were fined €10,000 (£8,500) for "field invasion by spectators" after a couple of fans ran onto the pitch both during and at the end of their Champions League game at home to Red Bull Salzburg.

Salzburg were fined €3,250 (£2,700) for their supporters throwing objects in the 4-3 defeat at Anfield.

City were ordered to pay €15,750 (£13,500) after their fans were ruled to have been guilty of throwing objects against Dinamo Zagreb.

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