Liverpool vs Manchester United Preview
Liverpool vs Manchester United Preview: Team news, injury updates, stats, betting tips and predictions
High flying Liverpool welcome bitter rivals Manchester United to Anfield in the premier league showdown of Sunday evening. Jurgen Klopp and his boys have only dropped 2 points so far this season, a 1-1 draw away at Old Trafford with today’s visitors. Both teams require no incentive to be inspired to give all in this game, Manchester United would love to be the team to end Liverpool’s run and put a slight brake on their march to the title. Liverpool on the other hand will be looking to take all three points from the only team they haven’t defeated in the league this season.
If Liverpool win today (a very likely possibility), they will be 30 points ahead of their rivals from the red side of Manchester. Liverpool’s current 38-game unbeaten streak is the third-longest in Premier League history, but it was Manchester United that ended the other two runs – Arsenal’s 49-game streak in 2004 and Chelsea’s 40-game streak in 2005. However, the Manchester United team that ended those streaks could boast of being one of the best sides in the league at the time. This current Manchester United side is nowhere near that status.
Liverpool’s win over Tottenham last weekend ensured that they now have more points (61 out of a possible 63) at this stage of the season than any club has ever managed in the history of the top 5 leagues in Europe. To explain how much of a mismatch this fixture is, Manchester United have lost 11 league games since Liverpool last tasted defeat over a year ago.
Amazingly, Jurgen Klopp maintains that these records don’t matter and all they’re focused on is the league title. The Liverpool team of 2019/2020 will not rest until the name of the club is etched on the premier league trophy. Although it seems like Liverpool simply do not know how to lose anymore, it should be noted that any show of complacency can be punished by a Manchester United side that have not lost to the current top four sides so far this season.
However, it is still a stark contrast of fortunes, as United remain five points off the Champions League places and have accrued their lowest points tally at this stage of a season since 1989-90 – which is, funnily, the last time Liverpool won the league. Manchester United have won just two of their last eight away games across all competitions, failing to score in three of their last four, and they could lose three successive top-flight games on Merseyside for the first time since 1979.
Anfield has become a difficult place to visit, as Liverpool have won their last 18 home league games, stretching back almost a full year since they last dropped even a point, and they have not been beaten at home in the league since April 2017 – a run which now stands at 51 games. Thus, it is safe to say that no Manchester United fan is expecting a win today.
Liverpool recent league form: WWWWWW
Manchester United recent league form: DLWWLW
Liverpool vs Manchester United team news and injury updates:
Liverpool: Fabinho and Joel Matip are expected to be back into the squad for this fixture after recovering from ankle and knee injuries respectively. A start is unlikely however, so we should expect to see them on the bench. Dejan Lovren, Naby Keita, James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne are still on the sidelines. There are no other injury worries.
Possible XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Manchester United: Marcus Rashford is unlikely to be available for the game after coming off injured in the FA cup replay against Wolves during the week. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his press conference said he does not expect his top scorer to recover in time. It is a huge loss for the visitors but it is also an opportunity for fellow academy graduate Mason Greenwood. All of United’s last 15 league goals have been scored by either Rashford, Mason Greenwood or Anthony Martial so the United fans will be hopeful of at least a goal.
Solskjaer is also without midfield duo Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, and Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are unlikely to be included as they work their way back to fitness following lengthy injuries. Luke Shaw will require a late fitness test and might be included in the squad.
Possible XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; Fred, Matic; Mata, Pereira, Greenwood; Martial.
Liverpool vs Manchester United H2H:
- Liverpool have won just one of their last 11 league meetings with Manchester United – a 3-1 home win last season.
- Manchester United are without a win in their last 4 trips to Anfield.
- Both teams have scored in 4 of the last 5 meetings
- Liverpool have not conceded a goal in their last six games in all competitions
- Liverpool have scored first in their last 7 games
- Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have met just twice and both meetings ended in a draw.
Liverpool vs Manchester United predictions and betting tips:
- Liverpool to win
- Under 4.5 match goals
- Over 1.5 Liverpool goals