Liverpool replaced Manchester City at the top of the Premier League last weekend but could well be back down to second by the time they host Manchester United on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s side will be full of confidence after booking their name in the knockout phase of the Champions League in midweek.
United supporters must be watching Liverpool’s season with envy. Things have largely been poor under Jose Mourinho this season and they head to Anfield 16 points behind Liverpool. United are unbeaten in their last five matches against Liverpool, though four have been draws.
Liverpool haven’t won a Premier League game at home to United since September 2013 but it’s hard to look beyond a Liverpool win on Sunday. Klopp’s side are superior in almost every department and should really have a field day up against United’s leaky defence.
Liverpool- Liverpool won their crucial Champions League group game in midweek but it came at a cost. Joel Matip is now out for six weeks and Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to miss out for a few weeks.
Nathaniel Clyne did return to training on Thursday but James Milner could get the nod at right-back for the second game in succession. Bet Now
Naby Keita and Fabinho did not start against Napoli but only the former may come into consideration for a starting berth against Manchester United.
Manchester United- Jose Mourinho rested a number of first-team players in midweek’s trip to Valencia and will restore most of them here.
The Manchester United manager confirmed after the 2-1 defeat to Valencia that Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young, who all came off the bench on Wednesday, will start at Anfield.
Paul Pogba audition for a starting berth against Liverpool didn’t go exactly to plan and it remains to be seen whether Mourinho will pick him to start at Anfield. Romelu Lukaku’s place in the team is not certain, though that may depend on Anthony Martial’s availability.
Diogo Dalot certainly deserves to start ahead of Antonio Valencia at right-back, but Mourinho may opt for Ashley Young if Luke Shaw is fit enough to start on the opposite flank.
Chris Smalling is also carrying a knock but is expected to be fit in time to start against Liverpool. Phil Jones or Eric Bailly will partner him at the back with Victor Lindelof still sidelined.
Liverpool are undefeated in their last 28 home matches (Premier League).
Liverpool has kept a clean sheet in 11 of their last 12 home matches (Premier League).
Liverpool has kept a clean sheet in their last 3 home matches against Man Utd in all competitions.
Liverpool has seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 home matches against Man Utd in all competitions.
Man Utd has scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (Premier League).
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