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17th Oct, 2016 | 2:31pm

Former Premier League defender states Liverpool boost with Monday night schedule

By Harvey Byrne

Former Premier League defender Daniel Gabbidon has stated that Liverpool’s Monday night fixture against Manchester United benefits them in regards to Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho.

The attacking duo have been away on international duty for the previous two weeks with national side Brazil.

Their last fixture was as late as Wednesday with Brazil beating Venezuela 2-0.

Coutinho played 83 minutes, while Firmino was an unused substitute, but the travel time would have still caused the attackers some fatigue.

However, Gabbidon, who played for West Ham and Crystal Palace during his playing career posted on his personal Twitter account that the Monday fixture benefits them more than what their usual Saturday clash would have.

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After the international break earlier in the campaign Liverpool faced an encounter against Premier League champions Leicester on the Saturday following.

Manager Jurgen Klopp opted to start Coutinho from the bench for the match against the Foxes, while Firmino played the full 90 minutes in the 4-1 victory.

Liverpool will face their fiercest rivals Manchester United on Monday at Anfield and fans will be hoping for the attacking duo to put in star displays in one of their biggest matches of the season.

It is set to be an enthralling encounter with fourth place taking on sixth.

In other Liverpool news, Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard top the votes in a poll of the greatest ever players to appear for the Reds and Manchester United.