Preview: Manchester United v Liverpool

The time has one again come for Liverpool to cross enemy territory and face Manchester United at Old Trafford. The game is the 4:30 kick off on Sky Sports and the Reds are looking to equal Manchester City’s record of 18 consecutive Premier League wins at a ground we haven’t won at, domestically, since 2014.

After a rather uneventful international break in terms of on-the-pitch issues, a return to watching club football is welcomed by all of us, especially us Liverpool fans as, for the first time in years, we go to Old Trafford as massive favourites.

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TEAM NEWS –

Jurgen Klopp will have a fully fit squad come Sunday minus the omissions of Xherdan Shaqiri, Nathaniel Clyne and youngster Paul Glatzel. Alisson Becker returned to training this week, as did Joel Matip after he suffered a knock at Sheffield United at the end of last month. 

Mo Salah’s fitness may be touch-and-go after the challenge by Hamza Choudary of Leicester cause Salah to roll his ankle, but it is believed that the Egyptian will play. Hopefully Mo will have his first good game at Old Trafford as his last two haven’t been all that great.

On the United side of things, it’s promising from a Liverpool perspective. David de Gea suffered a groin injury playing for Spain which means his annual “game of the year against Liverpool” will have to wait until January at least. Paul Pogba is also ruled out due to a persisting ankle injury which has only allowed the French international to play in 2 of United’s last 7 games.

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Anthony Martial, Victor Lindelof, Mason Greenwood and Jesse Lingard are all doubts for the game while Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Eric Bailly are all out, so the United squad is, in essence, down to its barebones.

PREDICTED LINEUP –

The lineup for Sunday is pretty self-explanatory for me. Alisson back between the sticks with the back four staying the same. We seem to have seen the last of the so-called “Brexit” midfield after the emergence of Fabinho so it’s highly likely the midfield will consist of the Brazilian, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum.

The front three is the front three and I predict they’ll all start (unless Mo is deemed not fit enough which will allow Divock Origi to start, most likely.)

WHAT TO EXPECT –

A fiesty game of attack v defence.

We all know Old Trafford is a horrible place to go, regardless of the situation that the team itself is in. The Manchester United faithful always seem to step it up in terms of the atmosphere when the Reds come into town and Sunday will be no different.

I expect Jurgen Klopp to go for the win on Sunday. Back in February, it was almost like he settled for the point, obviously not expecting City to win 14 games on the spin from January. His attitude seems to have changed as we’ve seen Divock come on to join the front three when we haven’t been winning, so I think his tactics may be different than them of last season.

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PREDICTION –

My head and my heart are telling me different things. My heart is saying 2 or 3-0 to us just purely cause of the fact we are SO far ahead of United but my head is saying 0-0 or 1-1 because we always seem to, somewhat, bottle it at Old Trafford

I’m going with my heart, 2-0 Liverpool. A major statement made to Manchester City. Come on Crystal Palace.

Let’s have it.

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