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Inconsistent United Travel to Fortress Anfield

Last updated: January 15, 2020 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:30
Venue: Anfield
Coverage: Sky Sports
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Last Meeting: Man United 1 – 1 Liverpool
Competition: EPL

The two most successful teams in English football go head-to-head in the anticipated battle of the giants at Anfield on Sunday. United’s impressive record against the “big clubs” suffered a blow with a 2-0 defeat on New Year’s day to Arsenal while Liverpool will take a giant stride towards the title with victory over their fiercest rivals.

Liverpool are enjoying the best start to a Premier League campaign, in fact, their current run is the best ever in the history of Europe’s top five leagues. The earliest a team has won the League was Man United when they sealed the 2000-01 league with five games to spare, Liverpool could quite feasibly beat that record this season.

Klopp’s side has conquered every obstacle put in front of them this season (except for the Carabao Cup) and are particularly strong at home where they haven’t lost since a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in April 2007. What stands out for Liverpool is that despite them not winning the title for over 29 years, they still rank second for the most league titles with 18, just two behind their opponents this weekend.

Newly crowned African Player of The Year Sadio Mane has taken the title from teammate Mo Salah and is in great form as is Trent Alexander-Arnold who from the right-back position managed a hat-trick of assists against Liverpool’s closest rival at the time, Leicester City. 21-year-old Alexander-Arnold has taken the man-of-the-match award in three of the twenty Premier League games he has started this season and has eight assists in total.

Despite Manchester United’s see-saw season, their front three of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, and Antony Martial are among the most exciting talents in the Premier League. 22-year-old Rashford has already surpassed his numbers for last season that saw him score 13 goals in 47 appearances. The England man has managing 19 goals in 30 games so far. Anthony Martial is also starting to replicate the form we know he is capable of; the Frenchman had been struggling with injuries and lacklustre performances.

It is, however, the emergence of Mason Greenwood which has lifted the mood of United fans, the 18-year-old has a clinical finish that is reminiscent of a young Van Persie. Van Persie himself jokingly said of Greenwood, “I think he will be very good because during every game he tries to copy me.”

Inconsistency has been United’s problem this season. They beat Chelsea 4-0, won 2-1 at the Etihad against Neighbours City and travelled to former manager Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham and came away with three points after a 1-2 win. Losses at Arsenal, Watford and Bournemouth has undone all this good work in recent months.

For United to get anything from this game, they will need Liverpool to attack and hope to catch Liverpool on the counter. This tactic, however, is nothing new and something the Liverpool manager will be well aware of and Klopp may uncharacteristically adopt a more conservative mindset. In the knowledge that United struggle against teams that sit back.


Team News

A record-breaking season that could be close to Arsenal “invincible” season with the European Champions winning all but one match so far in the league.

The Reds are still the second most successful league team with 18 titles, despite not winning the league for the last 29 years.

Manchester United have the best record against the top 6 winning against Chelsea, Man City, Spurs, drawing against Liverpool, and only losing to Arsenal.

Rashford has already surpassed his last season haul of 10 league goals. The Englishman has already managed 14 goals with just 22 games played.


Expected Line-Ups:

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Liverpool (4-3-3): Allison, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Subs: Adrian, Origi, Lovren, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Lallana, Shaqiri
Injured: Clyne, Matip
Doubtful: Milner
Not available:
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Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindeloef, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Pereira, Matic, James, Rashford, Martial
Subs: Romero, Tuanzebe, Fred, Rojo, Mata, Greenwood, Lingard, Chong
Injured: Bailly, Dalot, McTominay
Doubtful: Pogba
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Liverpool This Season Manchester United This Season
1st League Position 5th
20 (0) Wins (away) 9 (3)
4 – 0 v Leicester City Biggest Win 4 – 0 v Chelsea
1 (1) Draws (away) 7 (3)
Biggest Defeat 0 – 2 v Arsenal
Mane (11) Top Goal Scorer Rashford (14)
Y22, R1 Discipline Y41, R0
0 Failures to Score 5
36% Clean Sheets 18%
62% Both Teams to Score Games 59%
71% Over 2.5 Goals 45%
29% Under 2.5 Goals 55%
  • The two teams have faced each other 55 times in the Premier League. Manchester United have 28 wins against Liverpool’s 14 wins with 13 draws between them.
  • The hosts will be hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to 39 matches.
  • Liverpool have managed eight clean sheets against United’s four and have a solid defence led by Ballon d’Or runner-up Virgil van Djik.
  • The World Champions are free-scoring, creating 2.67 chances per match and scoring 2.38 goals per match compared to United who create 1.5 chances per match and have scored 1.64 goals per match.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
20/10/2019 EPL Man United 1 – 1 Liverpool Rashford 36’
24/02/2019 EPL Man United 0 – 0 Liverpool
16/12/2018 EPL Liverpool 3 – 1 Man United Mane 24′
10/03/2018 EPL Man United 2 – 1 Liverpool Rashford 14’
14/10/2017 EPL Liverpool 0 – 0 Man United

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Manchester United have been in a state of flux ever since legendary manager Sir Alex Fergusson retired in 2013 and this season is no different with a step backwards often following every step forward. For Liverpool, the situation couldn’t be more different with Klopp’s men being on course to be the quickest winners of the Premier League since its inception. United would love to slow down their rivals march towards the title, but realistically it seems doubtful.

A draw would be a great result for United but we feel that Liverpool will win this one but not perhaps by a convincing scoreline, 2-1 would be our prediction with a Marcus Rashford consolation for United. Odds of 7/1 are available for that scoreline at 888sport.