Manchester United vs Liverpool: Radamel Falcao, Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli - an XI of non-starters today

There were some key absentees in the starting XI's today

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One of the Premier League's great fixtures, Manchester United versus Liverpool kicked off today, but it was evident in the eagerly-awaited team news the amount of star names absent in either starting XI.

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Combining the two starting XIs today, there is arguably a stronger XI of just injured and dropped players.

Summer additions such as Marcos Rojo, Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind and Mario Balotelli all miss out, as does Liverpool's talisman, Daniel Sturridge.

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United burst out of the traps in the contest at Old Trafford, going 2-0 up in the first half after goals from Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.