Liverpool v Manchester United – Anfield at 16:00 GMT

A Liverpool and Manchester United clash is always one of the most anticipated fixtures in a Premier League season, and these two sides will meet on Sunday as Jose Mourinho attempts to end Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League title ambitions.

Liverpool are currently riding high in the top spot of the standings after Manchester City encountered a slip up last weekend. Liverpool has a tally of 16 points ahead of Manchester United in the table after 16 matches played. They also managed to proceed to the Champions League knockout rounds during the midweek following a 1-0 victory against Napoli. Recently, they dominated Bournemouth in an impressive 4-0 thrashing last weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s team dropped just 6 points in the league this season and those came from teams that are in level with them – Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal. Now, they will meet with their historic rivals Manchester United for their Northwest Derby.

On the other hand, Manchester United missed the chance to a top finish in their Champions League group standings after losing to Valencia. The Red Devils are currently at the 6th place in the table, 16 points adrift league leaders Liverpool and 8 points behind the top 4 finish. Liverpool are most likely too strong for the vulnerable Manchester United, however, the latter were actually able to score in all but two of their league fixtures, so it should be expected that the visitors won’t easily bow down to Liverpool without a fight.

LATEST NEWS

–          Liverpool will come into this match without one of its key players Joe Gomez. He has been a long term absentee for the team.

–          Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez is also a long term absentee.

–          Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling are both doubtful, but are fit to start the match.

–          Scott McTominay suffered training injuries while Victor Lindelof will remain sidelined.

PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI

Liverpool: 4-3-3

Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; James Milner, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson; Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino.

Manchester United: 4-2-3-1

David De Gea; Diogo Dalot, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw; Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera; Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial; Romelu Lukaku.

KEY PLAYERS

Liverpool

Mohamed Salah is last season’s Golden Boot winner and he is currently up and running in the Premier League as one of its top-scorer. The Egyptian’s hat-trick against Bournemouth during the weekend took his league tally to 12 for the entire season.  

Sadio Mane began the season in a fine form. He was also the runner-up to Mohamed Salah for the African Player of the Year award last season. He is currently one of the top goal scorer in the Premier League this season.

Manchester United

Paul Pogba is currently regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world of football. He played a crucial role for Manchester United ever since he joined the club. Pogba was also one of France’s best performers during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

MATCH PREDICTION

Liverpool v Manchester United: 3-1

These two teams have encountered each other at least a hundred times in all competitions, with United having the upper hand at 80 wins compared to Liverpool’s 65. The Red Devils are undefeated at Anfield in the league in their previous four visits, while Liverpool’s last home victory against United was in 2013.

So far, the hosts are winless against the visitors in the League in eight. But, it should come as no surprise that Liverpool are currently the strong favourites in this match in terms of their standings and form. However, if Manchester United manage to improve their defense and goal scoring ability ahead of this match, they might just stand a chance against their rivals.

MATCH BETTING ODDS*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

By @EliaasMJ

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