HELB LOAN DEFAULTERS MUCH FRUSTRATED?

Education Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed on February 20 announced the intention to partner Higher Loans Education Board (HELB) with police and other crime busters to hunt down over 74, 000 loan defaulter. The CS reports that over Ksh 7.2Bn is yet to be repaid by the beneficiaries.

This announcement has raised heated debates amongst Kenyans where one group is strongly opposed to while the other is in support. There is a real significant need to come to an agreement to the decision by the ministry.

HELB benefits a lot of students from needy communities. Without the loans, a worrying number of Kenyan youths would never have realized their dreams of accessing the gates of universities and colleges. HELB disburses part of the amount directly to the institution’s school fees accounts. The other part of the loan is deposited into the student’s bank account from which they can withdraw for their personal use. No one can suggest that the amount is always enough for them, it is just a supplement to whatever the parents/or guardians can provide. It is therefore very noble that every beneficiary of this loan makes efforts to repay this loan. Perhaps it helps someone else, just like their case.

HELB is a loan that, just like any other loan with terms and conditions for payment, that needs to be repaid. While other loan issuing institutions will follow up on the loan securities once the loan period expires, the government will only deny you an opportunity to secure employment in the formal sector unless you are cleared by HELB offices. No pressure is ever mounted on them to repay in the expected times. Perhaps this is one reason why many will always be reluctant to repay the loans.

A number of the HELB beneficiaries claim that they have not yet secured employment, and that they yet not have the ability to repay the loans. HELB can allow them to repay the loans in as low as Ksh 500 installments every month. When the loan is however seen as the total, it will always be much and very scaring to start the repayment.
Again, the loan by the government gives its beneficiaries an opportunity to access learning institutions in which they get opportunities to learn to be self-dependent. Almost every programs in the universities and colleges in Kenya incorporate units on entrepreneurial skills. These skills should enable learners to be self-employable. Sadly, the greatest number of the learners only takes the units for the sake of getting good marks for them to be considered in the salaried employment markets.

As much as we are obligated to call upon the beneficiaries to repay the HELB loans, the fact that a number of them are still languishing in relatively miserable lives even years after graduation should be appreciated. HELB demands fines of Sh 5,000 from fresh graduates who fail to contact the board within one year of leaving college and starting the repayments. During the 2017 General Elections campaigns, the current government promised over 10, 000 new job opportunities for the youths in their manifesto. There has however not been any reliable assertion that this objective is yet to be honored after almost two years of power. That notwithstanding, such measures (as the most recent one to be adopted by the ministry) should be taken. Otherwise, these loans may never be repaid despite their significant role in the state.

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WHEN TO QUIT CRUSHING

It is natural that from the teenage age, one will always try to find someone to call a soul-mate. It makes everyone happy and complete. Even those who never show it, there is someone they are seeing at the other end. Crushing is done by members of the both sexes. It is however uncommon to find the XX-Sex doing the it, their male counterparts have been reported to be most active. It is however not always easier, especially for the guys, to turn the crushing into a reality. They go through a hell of things.

This article actually aims at sharing when we should call it over on crushing. But, before that, there is need to understand what the gents go through during crushing, and how they end up.

This article is mostly addressed from the men’s perspective (And ladies, it is for you too). It is with them that the writer shares much of such subjects.

Okay.

Whereas some will find it easy to convince their prospective ‘better halves,’ others go through a hell of experience until they give up. Those who try harder end up very disappointed of themselves, with a damaged self-esteem. A few will hold on for an unexpectedly longer periods of time until they have their way anyway. So, you will find all these kinds of men. I wish I would not have mentioned those who will hang on for an unexpectedly longer time so that they at least get the slightest opportunity to punish girl, just to teach her a lesson not to waste any other guy’s time. This last type of guys, after a long time of struggle, will only want to extract one thing from the girl then uncaringly walk away. The extraction is always something that the girl will never forget. I don’t know what this has always been.

So, as I said in the beginning, it is about knowing when to let go.

There is actually no set timeline with love. One can show love for as long time as possible, provided the participant has reached the normal age. Loving is a psychological drive. So it is a personal initiative to either continue it or bring it to an end.

Call it an end if you find yourself turning into a stalker. You may have informed the other person of your intentions, but they are doing nothing to help you on this. In most cases, the admirers will give the other person time to make their decision. You may not realize how time elapses as you weigh your life on a thin string of balance. If this happens to you, dear, call it over. Nothing special may ever come out of it.

Sometimes you may feel very miserable. You will think that you can actually do nothing, nor go anywhere without your crush. It becomes a problem when you let that person know this weakness of you. No one settles for a desperate guy. Once you are good enough to know this is happening, you will be better if you quit the journey.

Your crush may be in a happy relationship with someone else. Thou shall not think that you have anything better to offer than the other person. Whatever made the two fell for each other may still hold them till death does them apart. You don’t have to be on an unprogressive queue.

You may have tried to confess your love for a number of times but still turned down. If it happens at the first time and you still want to try, try to first find out the person said ‘No.’ She may not have liked you at first. Or maybe your confession came as a surprise. Find out what she didn’t like about you and try to rectify. Or, you should psychologically prepare her. If you don’t for the other time and still get the same response, perhaps it is time for you to walk away, find a life!

You can choose to remain in one sided love for your entire life. A Swahili cliché, ‘Kula kwa macho’ can best explain this. It literally means secret admiration. So, one has to spend the rest of his life admiring without any decision to settle with someone. But the question is if anyone on this planet can ever resolve to this.

It may be hard to give up on your crush, but, always learn to be strong enough to move on. You may find an alternative person to give you whatever you are looking for. Your friends can introduce you to other people. It is easier to find someone who may also be interested in you. Even your closest friend, who seems like a sister, can turn out to be the suitable person. Just learn when to tell the signs.

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Where Does the Future of Journalism Lie?

I was once asked by a news source I approached where our future as journalists really lied. The answer to this question is really broad. It needs hours and hours of explanation for anyone to give any substantial response.

I will not answer this question now. As I have said, it needs hours and hours of explanation. It is rather easier to discuss some of the challenges that may be perceived to counter prosperity of the Fourth Estate. Understanding these can at least be the summarized version of ‘Where Does the Future of Journalism Really Lie?’

Lack of guide on the principles of reporting affects the media industry to a great extent. Often we view footages of humans caught in compromising situations. One of such clips involved an apparently married woman actually assaulting a lady who was apparently found having an affair with the husband. The victim of the assault must have been lied to by the man that he was unmarried. The lady was removed off her clothes and beaten in front of the tenants of the plot, where the scene occurred. Instead of the people intervening and stopping the embarrassment to the innocent lady, they were laughing as others recorded the scene for ‘sharing.’ Another such scene was during the fifth Devolution Conference of 2018 in Kakamega when people shared an embarrassing clip of the Deputy Governor who was apparently having an affair outside his wedlock.

In their formulation of the principle of utility, Philosophers Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill called upon the media practitioners to always determine what is right or wrong by considering what will yield the best ration of good to bad for the general society. The two basically ask how much good is promoted and how much evil is restrained by different courses of behaviour. It can be argued that exposing perpetrators of marital standards, such as the examples of the lady and the Deputy Governor will serve to deter people from any such practices. But still, there is need to weigh the psychological harm caused to the victims and their families at large. These are the kinds of updates existing in the industry that is striving to promote utmost social order.

Direct threats from perceived ‘supreme powers’ is another hindrance to the bright future of media industry. Shut-down of the prominent television stations in Kenya earlier this year may just insinuate the reality that the editors should be free enough to perform their role of gatekeeping. The anti- constitutional shutdown of Citizen Tv and its affiliate Inooro Tv, KTN News and NTV by the government followed the contested ‘swearing in’ of leader of the opposition coalition, NASA. Such moves can really scare those who are aspiring to prosper in the fourth estate.

Media industry is expanding rapidly. And the question that really needs to be asked is whether there is proportional development in the regulations monitoring its practice. Just like judiciary, the fourth estate is one sector that needs to be indisputably independent. This is not being achieved with the increased number. Media houses have turned to be platforms where interested parties uncontrollably air opinions rather than reporting pure facts. Most vernacular stations, for example, lack their own journalists. The few employed individuals in them depend on contacts of their friends back in the society who merely call to report unverified events. It is surprising that those unverified news get time in the prime broadcasts.

These stations maybe should consider distinguishing the facts from opinions for their trusted customers. A Ugandan based radio station has set aside time just for opinionated updates from the listeners. This session comes immediately after the prime updates. The callers are asked to give their names, location and the update they have. After the updates, the organization actually warns the listeners that those were mere views of the respective callers, but not the views held by the organization or the employees of the organization.

With the rapid growth and competition, the industry has to demand so much from its employees. Journalists are called upon to have the best of the skills. And it is a doubt if media schools are actually giving out the best of the skills to its students. As opposed to earlier in life when most of us were growing, it is hard today to see someone staying for an enough long time with an organization. They keep on being replaced. It is due to the dynamic nature the industry is adopting. A new trend in the industry means the existing practitioners, lacking the new skill, will have to be replaced by a more updated one.

To wrap up this outline, it is necessary to look at how the social media determines the course of the entire field of media. Whereas the social media (especially Twitter) has to be commended to set the agenda for the mainstream media, it has its dire effects. When the organizations regulate the contents fed to the public, as required by the laws governing the media practice, social media is actually airing everything. Blurring images of victims of fatal accidents or sexual assaults is legally required. Which the mainstream media does, but not the social media. Of course no one will choose regulated content over the ‘full-free content.’ What happened to anti-cyber-crime campaigns?

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How Cell Phones are Changing Social Contexts in Kenya

I was once in a funeral in a group of four young men, being the fourth. One gentleman was actually obsessed with the phone. He would show us everything he deemed relevant in the course of interaction with his phone. About football game that had denied him Ksh 7, 392 on Sportpesa, a funny post in Kilimani Mums and Dads, then a football update on a website. He would even lose control of his voice, forgetting there was silence at that place. He actually didn’t notice when the three of us were leaving the particular point, remaining alone. He only realized about five minutes later. He must have learnt his lesson (if he did) the hard way. We did not dislike the subjects he was engaging us, we actually had a problem with the appropriateness of his timing.

Cell phones are actually eliminating the social ties that have for a long time been coveted by the members of respective societies.

I was once told by a friend of mine that cell phones were actually a threat to casual interactions. When I asked him to elaborate the claim, he actually stated me as a direct example. The two of us were seated together in a room, yet I was spending the entire time ‘busy’ with my phone, as if he didn’t possess one. I felt so embarrassed. It is actually disrespectful to concentrate on technological gadgets in presence of a fellow mortal man. Even when I assured him that I was then ready to make the period constructive, he was not convinced. He instead took the time to lecture me on how idle one can be with the phone. It was a great challenge. Today, I can claim to be a responsible person when it comes to social meetings.

People actually use the mobile phones, or any mobile gadget to withdraw their attention from the persons they are with. Some make conscious decisions of withdrawal while others unconsciously get themselves in a world apart.

Conscious withdrawal is often achieved when we opt to play mobile games or using the internet which is quite tempting. Betting, for example, is one danger that has consumed the greater fractions of male youth today. Unconscious withdrawal is when the ‘misbehaving party’ does it unintentionally. One may hold his phone to answer a call, or reply to a received text and forget to get his attention back into the immediate context. Whether deliberate or unconscious withdrawal, participants need to do their best enough to curb the ill.

Face-to-face contexts of communication are being outmaneuvered by mediated forms. We are no longer in a society where nine out of ten people will agree that a group meeting needs to be scheduled to discuss a pertinent issue. Let us look at university/college students as an instance. Students will rather suggest that a discussion-approach- task be done by the various individuals. The members, students in this case, will want to divide themselves such that one group argues for, while the other argues against the assigned question. They will then have to send their points to one member, usually the group leader, to compile before submitting. The argument for this suggestion is that physical meetings are not exclusively best.

Increased popularity and formalization of such media as WhatsApp is one of the threats to the former-coveted face-to-face methods of information dissemination. These media scare a good number of persons to contribute to relevant subjects. No one needs to type, and communicate, in a broken language. Maybe they are careful enough not to injure their reputation. And those who prefer these forms, are those who will deliberately use jargons to scare off those who seem not rich enough with the vocabularies. Decisions made will always be the views of those who were confident enough to type, excluding those who did not participate in showing their prowess in language. Worrying.

A friend of mine once posted on a social platform, ‘Why should you ring me when you know very well you can send me a text and convey that message you have. Do you think my voice heals cancer?’ It was a joke anyway. If you ring someone today, the calls will mostly go unanswered. You will receive a text later on, ‘Hallo, I’m sorry I missed your call.’ The person didn’t actually miss the call, s/he ignored it. Why? He thought texting will actually convey the message the same way the call would do. So there is no need to actually use the voice.

Is our communication really heading in the most appropriate way?

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Betrayal within NASA Triggered Kenyatta-Odinga Union 

Raila Odinga’s abrupt union with President Uhuru Kenyatta may have come from his prediction of an inevitable betrayal from his colleagues in National Super Alliance (NASA) Coalition, the opposition coalition. 
Smell of betrayal explains why the NASA favorite presidential candidate of the 2017 Presidential elections chose to go alone into the dialogue, rather than inviting his three colleagues, Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper Democratic Party, Musalia Mudavadi of Amani National Congress (ANC) and Moses Wetang’ula of Ford Kenya.

The dialogue has least been expected at the time when the leader of the opposition has been publicly denying to acknowledge the legitimacy of the president who has been constitutionally been given power through the Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission (IEBC).

Most recent moves by Musyoka, Mudavadi and Wetang’ula have posed threats of alienation of their colleague from the Orange Democratic (ODM) Party.

Skipping of the January 30 ‘swearing in of the People’s President’ by the three co-principals at Uhuru Park was just the genesis of the coalition’s wave. Even though the principals tried to deceive the public that they were still in unison, Hon Odinga could not come out to tell the public the fact that he was betrayed by the people he most trusted.

“Taking the oath will only restore the trust the people had in him (Kalonzo). Failing to do so is betrayal of the same people he had consistently told he would take oath. It is up to him to decide,” said Gladys Wanga, County Women Representative of Homa Bay County. Wanga also insisted that Kalonzo had the time to restore the confidence his backers had in him.

Junet Mohamed, ODM Party chairman and the party’s director of campaign however dismissed the oath as being too significant. “We must respect Kalonzo’s wish not to take the oath. It’s his personal decision but if taking oath will not add political value to him, I’, 100 per cent sure it will do for Raila,” he said.

The fact about the coalition’s disintegration intensified when Musyoka publicly ordered for resolutions within the coalition before he could accept to be sworn in as the Deputy People’s President. 

Hon Odinga might have swallowed his pride by acknowledging the legitimacy of President Uhuru Kenyatta. For a number of times, Odinga publicly declined to recognize the legitimacy of the latter. It is due to this stand that forced him (Odinga) to have the January 30 ‘swearing in.’

The unexpected Harambee House meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Hon. Raila Odinga on March 9 has invited reactions from Kenyans, raising questions of what may have caused the ‘urgent talk.’

Raila Odinga may be said to have swallowed his pride by taking proactive measure to counter what may be seen as future betrayal from his co-principals. The uncertainty in the opposition may have started from the 31st January swearing in function at Uhuru Park when the other three principals (Musyoka, Mudavadi and Wetang’ula) failed to accompany Odinga. The three hesitantly responded that they were prevented by the security forces to make their way to the agreed venue. Later on, S. K. Musyoka clarified that there was need to resolve some issues in the coalition before he could agree to be sworn in.

The pre-NASA meeting of two principals; Musyoka and Wetang’ula with Odinga excluded on March 11 in Ole Sereni Hotel, Athi River, can also hint on the fears within the coalition. The meeting happened before meeting Raila Odinga on March 12.

The call by ODM on March 15 to deprive the position of the Senate Minority Leader from the Ford Kenya leader, Moses Wetang’ula might just be a clear indicator of the coalition’s wrangles. The move to oust Wetang’ula came after his party threatened to kick ODM party out of the NASA coalition. 

The three co-principals, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula have condemned this stand in a in joint a statement signed by ANC Secretary General, Barrack Muluka.

 “NASA co-principals, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula, have reaffirmed their total confidence in Wetang’ula as the Official Leader of the Minority in the Senate. Their support for Wetangula is unwavering,” the statement read.

All these events might just be the most clear indicator of what sterted the ‘national healing.’

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WANAVYOJIKIMU WANAFUNZI KATIKA VYUO VIKUU

Wanafunzi katika vyuo vikuu na vyuo vingine vya masomo ya juu wametafuta mbinu za kujikimu maishani, kama mbinu badala za kuwasumbua wazazi wao kila mara wakitaka pesa za matumizi yao.
Maisha yaweza kuwa magumu sana katika vyuo hivi kwani wanafunzi wengi huwategemea hao wazazi kwa kila kitu. Ikumbukwe kuwa sio kila mara wazazi hawa huweza kuyapata mahitaji yao yote.

Mbinu za kutafuta lishe vyuoni zimechochewa ili kuwafaidisha wanafunzi wa kiume na hata wale wa kike. Wakati mwingine mbinu moja huzifaidisha jinsia zote mbili.

Hali hii huwalazimu hawa wanafunzi wasio na ajira kuziamlia mbinu kama vile uandishi mtandaoni, mikopo ya HELB, uwekezaji dau kwa mpira na ‘sponsor factor’ kama mbinu kuu badala ya kuyatafuta mahitaji yao. Hizi tu ni baadhi ya mbinu kuu zinazotumiwa na wanafunzi vyuoni kustahimili riziki yao.

Mikopo ya HELB inabaki kuongoza hizi mbinu zote ziwanufaishao hawa wanafunzi. Ila sio wote wana uwezo wa kuipata mikopo hii. Kwa hivyo, njia zingine lazima zikumbatiwe; kwa wale wanaoipata mikopo hii vile vile wasioweza.

Freelancers wana uhakika wa kuweka kitu kinywani bora waifanye kazi yao mtandaoni. Uandishi wa mtandaoni hautambuliki tena kama kazi ya wanafunzi wa uanahabari tu. Mwanafunzi yeyote yule huandika mtandaoni, bora tu kipato kije. Kazi hii sasa inafanywa na lengo kuu la kupata pesa. Kwa kweli, wanafunzi wa uanahabari ambao ni wazembe wanashindwa kwa uwanja wao wenyewe na hawa watafuta-riziki.

Mada ya ‘sponsors’ imejadiliwa kupita kiasi na hata imekuwa msimu. Lakini hili jambo labakia kutatiza uadilifu wa wanafunzi wa kike kwa sasa. Wanafunzi wa kike ambao wanaamini kuwa na ueledi wametuhakikishia kuwa wazembe sana ambao hawawezi kufanya kazi yoyote kupata pesa. Kwa hivyo, wameamlia uhusiano wa kimapenzi na wanaume wanaowazidi umri. Hili tu ni kwa sababu ya kupewa pesa nao. Hata wanafunzi wa kiume huamlia mbinu hii kwa kiwango fulani. Lakini visa vya hawa wa kiume ni vichache sana. Hata kuna uwezekano wa kukosa kisa chochote katika chuo kizima. Wao(wanafunzi wa kiume) mara nyingi huwapata wanadada hawa katika mitandao ya kijamii, ambapo huendeleza mazungumzo kisha kubadilishana anuani za mawasiliano.

 ‘Betting’ inabakia mbinu kuu, ambayo tena ni halali, kutumiwa na wanafunzi hawa. La kushangaza, wana wa kike wanaweza kufanya juhudi hii kama wenzao wa kiume. Huhitajiki kuwa shabiki wa mpira ndipo uwe mbashiri wa mpira. Wanachohitaji tu ni simu rununu ya kisasa(ambayo takriban kila mwanafunzi anayo) na pesa kidogo ya kuwekeza. Ubashiri wa mpira ndio umeshika mizizi kote. Utaziona kampuni za ubashiri zinakua kwa kasi sana, zikilinganishwa na nyanja zingine. Kati ya kampuni ambazo ninaenziwa ni Sportpesa, Elitebet, Betin, Betway na Bet Yetu miongoni mwa nyingine nyingi. Kinachovutia sana katika mchezo huu ni kiwango cha chini cha pesa ambazo mtu huweza kutumi kuwekeza. Sportpesa na Betin, kwa mfano, huhitaji mtu kutumia Ksh 50 kama kiwango cha chini zaidi. Elitebet nayo huwawezesha watu kutumia Ksh 1 kama kiwango cha chini.

Ingawa kunao wanafunzi wanaozitumia mbinu za kisheria kujikimu, wengine wamebobea katika utumizi wa mbinu zisizo za kisheria kutimiza nia yiyo hiyo. Wao huweza kuivunja milango ya wenzaona kuchukua chochote watakaokipata.

Hata hivyo, maisha vyuoni bado hupendelea kama maisha yoyote mengine ile. Wanahitimu masomo yao na kufuzu.

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WHICH PLAYERS WILL MISS PL MATCH DAY 8 AND WHY

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After every international football break, clubs always face the challenge of missing the services of some of their most treasured playmakers. The relatively demanding international assignments leave a number of their players getting injured thereby missing some the clubs’ defining games.

Match day 8 of The Barclays Premier League is coming after the first international break of the 2017/18 season. Premier League clubs will be forced to miss the services of a number of their players.

Here is a show (in no particular order) of how the top six Premier League clubs

(Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham) will be engaged during the weekend of 14/15th October 2017, plus the injuries reported in each side of the respective matches.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. AFC Bournemouth, Saturday, 14th October, 2017

Tottenham are placed at position 3 with with 14 points, 9 goals, just one ahead of both Chelsea (13 points) and Arsenal(13 points) with 6 and 3 goals respectively.

Hotspurs: Mousa Dembele (ankle) is expected to recover by October 14th.

Victor Wanyama (knee cartilage is expected to be fit by October 22nd.

Danny Rose (Medial Collateral Injury, MCL) is expected to recover by October 22nd while

Erik Lamela (hip) will remain out until November 5th.

AFC Bournemouth: Brad Smith (knock) will remain out of action for unspecified period.

Ryan Fraser (Hamstring) will be out for an unspecified period.

Joshua King will be out of action until October 14th.

Callum Wilson (fitness) date is unmentioned.

Adam Federici will be back into action by December 16th.

 

West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City, 14th October, 2017

First placed Manchester City ( 19 pts, 20 goals) will miss a total of four player during the match against West Brom.

Fabian Delph (hamstring) will be missing in action for an unspecified date.

Sergio Aguero (fractured ribs) will be missed until an unspecified date.

Benjamin Mendy (Anterior Cruciate Ligament, ACL) will be out until April 18th while

Vincent Kompany (calf) will be back by October 14th.

Watford vs. Arsenal, Saturday, 14th October, 2017

Watford.

Isaac Success (knee), Nathaniel Chalobah (knee), Craig Cathcart (knee), Younes Kaboul (Hamstring) and Thomas Hoban will be out for an unspecified period.

Sebastian Prodl will be out until October 14th.

Arsenal will be sidelining a total of four players from action.

Shkodran Mustafi (thigh) and Santi Carzola  will be out for an unspecified period.

Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) and Calum Chambers will be returning into action by October 14th.

 

Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea, 14th October, 2017

Palace.

Scott Dann and Wilfred Zaha (knee) are expected to be back into action by October 14th.

Reuben Loftus-Cheek (thigh) will be back by October 18th as Christian Benteke (knee) returns by October 18th.

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea will be missing a total of three playmakers.

N’Golo Kante (hamstring) will be out of action for an unspecified period.

Alvaro Morata (hamstring) will be out until October 18th as Danny Drinkwater (calf) returns by October 14th.

 

Liverpool vs. Manchester United, 14th October 2017

This is the match that everyone else will be eagerly waiting to watch. Liverpool has always had the best record against top clubs both at home and away. however, none of these PL clubs managed to outdo the other during the last (2016/17) campaign. They shared a point each both at home and away encounters.

Liverpool has however registered a relatively worse injuries as the two clubs meet on Saturday. Brazilian Philipe Coutinho has not been full enough into any game he has played so far this season, after the speculatons of a possible transfer to Camp Nou.

Liverpool will miss their 2017 Ballon d’Or nominee Sadio Mane (hamstring) who is expected to be out for at least six weeks.

Dejan Lovren (back), Adam Lallana (thigh), Nathaniel Clyne (back) and Adam Bogdan will be missing in action for unspecified duration.

Manchester United will be missing Marouane Fellaini (MCL) until October 28th.

Phil Jones (knee) and the current top scorer Romelu Lukaku (ankle) are expected to be back in action by the October 14th.

Paul Pogba (hamstring) will be out for an unspecified period as Marcos Rojo (ACL) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (ACL) return by December 26 and January 1 respectively.

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