One of the biggest fixtures of the Premier League is here on Sunday at Anfield where Manchester United will be battling out against Liverpool to remain at the top of the table with 6 points clear and Liverpool will be looking to beat their arch-rival and retain their top spot.
It will be the 205th encounter between these two teams. In the previous 204 meetings, Liverpool won 57 games and Manchester United were victorious in 80 matches rest were drawn.
In recent times Manchester United haven’t had great success at Anfield since the victory in 2016. Ole Gunner Solskjær is yet to beat Jurgen Klopp, in the previous three encounters Liverpool won once, and the rest two were drawn.
The defending champion Liverpool have been struggling with their injury issues especially in defence and for that reason, they haven’t been able to reach their top form.
On the other hand, Manchester United are in pretty form and Paul Pogba’s recent great display on the pitch helped the Red Devils to reach the top of the table.
Liverpool vs Manchester United Preview:
Liverpool have beaten in the last match away to Southampton and the only goal was scored by the former Reds’ Danny Ings.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are sitting 2nd in the league table with 33 points in 17 games. They already lost 18 points which is more than they did in the whole last season which was 15.
Although The Reds are having an excellent season in home games, they have won 7 out of their 8 matches and got 22 points but their away form is pretty bad they only managed to get 11 points in 9 games with only 2 wins.
Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah is having a good season in front of the goal. He has scored 13 goals in the league and sitting at the top in the top scorer list.
After starting the season awfully and knocked out from the Champions League Manchester United have bounced back pretty excellently. They have won their last 9 league games out of 11 and without a single defeat.
Manchester United are the league leaders in January with 36 points in 17 games which they haven’t been able to do since they won their last league title in 2013.
Ole Gunner Solskjær’s boys won their last game in a pretty tough game against Burnley in Turf Moor by an excellent goal from Pogba and reached the top spot before the clash against Liverpool at Anfield.
The Red Devils are going through a purple patch away from home. They have a pretty similar success away from home what Liverpool are having at home in the same number of matches.
But United haven’t had a great time against bigger sides where they haven’t been able to beat anyone and only got 3 points in 5 matches.
Manchester United will be looking towards their talisman Bruno Fernandes to do something special to win at the graveyards for away sides. Fernandes has been involved in 18 goals with 11 goals and 7 assists.
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Liverpool vs Manchester United team news:
Naby Keita has been ruled out as Klopp exercises caution over the midfielder’s return and also defender Joel Matip in doubt, while Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas also remain sidelined.
Jordan Henderson might be the defender or either Nat Phillips or Rhys Williams will fill in alongside Fabinho at centre-back rather than the skipper being called upon as an emergency option again.
Four months after joining, Thiago Alcantara is in line to finally make his Anfield debut for Liverpool.
Victor Lindelof is doubtful with a back problem which has seen him miss the last three matches. The Swede could be back for this one, but Solskjaer could choose to stick with the Harry Maguire-Eric Bailly partnership which has grown in recent outings.
Solskjær could go with the diamond system to fit Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the team with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are the two forward to hit Liverpool with their pace.
Manchester United Xl:
An improved Manchester United side can cause trouble for Liverpool in an empty Anfield. But Liverpool have enough firepower to win the game easily, so it will be a fascinating match to witness on Sunday the battle for the title.
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