Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield on Monday night in another clash of England’s two most successful clubs. In a fixture which too often has been let down by the hype in recent years this season’s Anfield edition promises to finally live up to the mammoth billing.
Liverpool take on the Red Devils this Monday night following a testing international break for Jurgen Klopp’s squad, with Georginio Wijnaldum went off injured for Holland when Oranje took on Italy. Adam Lallana missed the international break after picking up an injury in the first half of their 2-1 win against Swansea. Both are huge doubts and their absences could pave the way for Emre Can to make his first league start of the season.
Manchester United meanwhile go into Monday’s massive match on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City; a result which Jose Mourinho labelled as their ‘performance of the season’. The late Joe Allen strike denied Mourinho’s men the three points, meaning they now sit 7th in the Premier League table.
Wayne Rooney is expected to remain on the bench when Manchester United travel to Liverpool on Monday. Jose Mourinho could spring a surprise with Marouane Fellaini, who has been effective against Liverpool in recent encounters. Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have struggled with fitness concerns this season and may not be risked in a game of this magnitude, particularly after it backfired against Manchester City earlier this season.
While Man United have looked undercooked throughout the campaign they are yet to play a run of matches without captain Rooney starting, which according to some will see a vastly improved Man United. Without Rooney Mourinho’s side are expected to play a more attacking game at Anfield, certainly a more cohesive one.
Should Man United try to ’play’ at Anfield that could – and likely would – help Liverpool’s cause for victory. The Reds have looked close to their best this season in attack, while their defence remains suspect, having not kept one clean sheet in seven Premier League matches so far.
Loris Karius has recently come into the side over the hapless Simon Mignolet, yet the young German has looked less than impressive at this premature juncture in his Liverpool career. Despite such a questionable start the German is expected to remain as Liverpool’s number one for the time being.
Notably, there have been over 2.5 goals scored in Liverpool’s last four games in the Premier League. Furthermore, Liverpool have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven home matches in the Premier League. However it must be noted that Liverpool have seen under 2.5 goals in their last three matches against Man Utd in all competitions.
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