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    Liverpool vs Manchester United Match Preview


    One of the most anticipated matches in world football takes place on Monday night as Liverpool entertain Manchester United at Anfield in the first meeting between the two teams this season.

    Jurgen Klopp's in-form side go in search of a sixth consecutive win in all competitions and enter the match as favourites against a United team which have struggled to find consistency so far this campaign.

    The match also marks the first meeting between Klopp and his managerial counterpart Jose Mourinho in the fixture, with the German dominating their head-to-head with three wins and one draw from five previous meetings.

    Liverpool

    Liverpool come into this match in their best form since they last faced a team managed by Jose Mourinho in April 2014, when 11 consecutive wins put them on the brink of a first league title for 24 years.

    On that famous occasion, goals from Demba Ba and Willian helped Chelsea to derail The Reds' title challenge and allowed United's neighbours Manchester City to take advantage of their misfortune to win a second title in three seasons.

    Two-and-a-half years on, a very different Liverpool side, without the likes of Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling, also approach this match as favourites but face a familiar obstacle in pursuit of victory in Manchester United manager Mourinho.

    Klopp has tasted victory against the Old Trafford boss on three previous occasions, including in the Champions League semi-finals in 2013 when his Borussia Dortmund side beat the Portuguese's Real Madrid 3-2 on aggregate.

    Mourinho's only win over the German came in the second leg of that particular tie, which turned out to be academic, while he also only narrowly avoided defeat earlier that campaign when Mesut Ozil's last-minute free-kick rescued a point in the group stages.

    The size of Liverpool's task on Monday night has increased slightly as a result of the injuries sustained by Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum, but the options that Klopp has available highlight the strength-in-depth his team currently possess.

    Daniel Sturridge is likely to deputise for Lallana, who injured a groin a fortnight ago in the victory over Swansea, while Emre Can is in line to make his first start in the league this season in place of Wijnaldum.

    Manchester United

    Jose Mourinho's reign as Manchester United manager started with four successive wins but three consecutive losses in September against neighbours City, Feyenoord and Watford duly brought an end to the Portuguese's honeymoon period.

    The club briefly regained some momentum with the impressive 4-1 win over Premier League champions Leicester City but the 1-1 home draw against Stoke before the international break meant that they would lose further ground at the top of the table.

    Their excellent start to the season owed much to the form of summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored five goals in his first five appearances, but he has found life much tougher since having only netted once in his last six games.

    Record £89 million signing Paul Pogba has found it much tougher in the opening few weeks of the season to influence matches than many people had predicted, while the Frenchman has also had his positional discipline questioned by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.

    His performances, however, have improved since his man of the match display against Leicester, in which he scored his first ever goal for the club and showed the kind of creativity that had previously been lacking from his game.

    Monday night's showdown is arguably a bigger game for United than it is for Liverpool, with the prospect of defeat for Mourinho's side meaning they would trail their Merseyside rivals by six points ahead of next Sunday's tricky away trip to the Portuguese's former employers Chelsea.

    Much of the talk this season has revolved around the form and position of club captain Wayne Rooney, who will be looking for a recall against Liverpool after being dropped by his club for the previous three matches.

    Anthony Martial will also be hoping that his goal against Stoke before the international break will earn him a recall to the starting line-up, while Marcus Rashford has started his side's last three matches and is favourite to keep his place in the team.

    Liverpool Team News

    Adam Lallana (groin) and Georginio Wijnaldum (hip) will miss the match after sustaining injuries, with Wijnaldum picking up a hip problem while on international duty with The Netherlands.

    Nathaniel Clyne should return from the knee problem that forced him out of England's internationals against Malta and Slovenia, while Dejan Lovren is also set to play after picking up a groin injury in the 2-1 win over Swansea.

    Emre Can is set to make his first league start of the season, while Daniel Sturridge is also in line to earn a recall despite only starting on three occasions in his club's opening nine matches in all competitions.

    The only other players to miss out through injury are Sheyi Ojo (back) and Joe Gomez (achilles), who are both yet to appear for their club this season.

    Manchester United Team News

    Jose Mourinho will decide whether to recall Wayne Rooney against Liverpool on Monday night or to keep faith with Marcus Rashford, who has started each of his club's last three matches in all competitions.

    Anthony Martial is also pushing for a first start in nearly a month, having scored against Stoke a fortnight ago, while summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan has returned from a thigh muscle strain and is also in contention.

    Luke Shaw is also fit after recovering from a thigh problem that forced him to miss his club's last four matches, as well as England's World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.

    The only player unavailable to Mourinho on Monday is Phil Jones, whose return to training from a long-term ankle injury was short-lived after he picked-up a knee ligament injury last month.

    Head-to-head

    Manchester United have dominated the head-to-head against Liverpool this decade, winning 11 and drawing two of their 18 meetings in all competitions, which included a league double over the Merseysiders last season.

    Liverpool gained revenge by beating their rivals over two legs in the last 16 of the Europa League in March, with goals Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino giving Jurgen Klopp's side an irreversible 2-0 first-leg lead at Anfield.

    United's record of 31 wins and only 18 defeats from 58 matches in the Premier League era is impressive, although both sides have recorded 12 wins apiece from 28 meetings at Anfield over that period.

    The Red Devils also hold the overall head-to-head advantage in a rivalry that was first contested when Liverpool won a "Test Match" 2-0 in 1894, with 87 wins from 224 meetings compared to their opponents' 75 victories.

    Score Prediction

    Liverpool 2 Manchester United 1
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    1 comments:

    1. It was expected for Manchester United to win yesterday's game. Ibrahimovic's goals came as a nice surprise. It is good to see Manchester United scoring a victory in this match and adding 3 more points for their league rankings. I am sure José Mourinho will have to review the team's offensive and defensive strategy for the next match against Arsenal. If you have some knowledge regarding football, you can share your opinion using the Unibet reviews.

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