Liverpool will lock horns with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday night hoping to pick up a win that would send them level on points win the visitors at the top of the table. Jurgen Klopp’s men managed to start the campaign in a positive fashion; however, their recent performances have put a serious dent on their title hopes.
Having secured a narrow 1-0 win over Burnley midweek, the Red Devils will be heading into the contest full of confidence, looking to solidify their position at the top. However, it’ll be an uphill task against the defending champions as they have never lost on their turf since April 2017.
Let’s take a look at how things are shaping up ahead of the weekend clash.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been left sweating over the fitness of three key squad members ahead of the match at Anfield. Centre-back Victor Lindelof missed out the win over Burnley with a back problem whereas Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial picked up late knocks. However, the Frenchman is in contention to start on Sunday as recent reports from the Daily Express state that the Frenchman could be declared fit to make the trip to Merseyside. Besides, Bruno Fernandes is just one booking away from a one-match ban.
On the other hand, Liverpool duo Joel Matip and Naby Keita may not feature against Manchester United this weekend as none of them was spotted in Wednesday’s session at the AXA Training Centre.
Tactical Preview And Key Men
Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford are expected to carry most of United’s creative and goal-scoring burdens upfront. Up against the Liverpool defence that has kept just 2 clean sheets in their last six league games, the pair would be looking forward to adding to their combined tally of 30 goals and 14 assists this season. Besides, Paul Pogba has been immense for the visitors lately and it’ll be an understatement to say that Solskjaer will need him at his best if he wishes to pick up a positive result at Anfield.
On the other hand, the home side has scored just 1 goal over the last three league games; however, they would be hoping to return to their goal-scoring ways on Sunday. The makeshift defence consisting of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho hasn’t impressed yet as Solskjaer’s men will be constantly looking for ways to exploit it time and again.
Liverpool possible starting XI:
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Fabinho, Robertson, Milner, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Manchester United possible starting XI:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Fernandes; Martial, Rashford
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United.
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