Ronaldo has been avoided with regard to the front three, with Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga driving the assault,
while Maguire has been supplanted by Raphael Varane at focus back close by Lisandro Martinez.
Since Ronaldo got back to Manchester United last year it has been addressed whether he can squeeze enough at the world class level at 37 years of age,
furthermore, Ten Hag has conceded he doesn't think the Portuguese legend ultimately depends on it against Jurgen Klopp's side.
'We realize Liverpool are a great group and you really want to squeeze them,' said the Dutchman pre-match. '
You need to do that because of a block and need energy, to that end we went with Rashford, Sancho, Elanga.'
The motivation to get Varane for Maguire appears to be less strategic, yet just that the Frenchman is an enhancement for the Englishman, who has been battling for structure for quite a while.