Sports Ticket: Liverpool vs Manchester United EPL Preview, Prediction & Streaming Info
Klopp’s men lost 1-0 on the road the last match-day, against Southampton. In the meantime, Solskjaer’s men won 0-1 on the road against Burnley. Going on, the Reds have scored two or more goals in 16 of their preceding 21 appearances at this venue, and have failed to find the back of the net just thrice in their former 15 h2h meetings at the Anfield.
On the other hand, their opposite number were unbeaten in nine of their last ten overall matches, and this sole loss had come against Manchester City. They had also won seven of their former nine fixtures, and they had also scored two or more goals in 16 of their preceding 20 road trips. Moreover, with a spot at the top of the table at stake, expect a fierce encounter between these two rivals, and await plenty of goals in the process as well.
An age-old rivalry gets rekindled this weekend once more. These two had ruled the scenes in England for decades, before both went out of limelight by the start of the 2010s. Since then, the Reds have came back to where they belong, and by the looks of it, the Devils might follow them too. As of now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are placed at the top of the table, and have a lead of three points, while Jurgen Klopp’s men are placed second.
Should the Devils win this fixture, they would have an impressive lead of six points, and the struggling Reds just might not be able to catch them again. Suffice it to say that is one of the most important games for the six-time European champions. Both teams are offensive superpowers, and have plenty of players in form. On top of that, with the kind of rivalry these two share, the game just might turn into a battle of pride. Expect a lot of fouls and cards, and judging the style of either squad, anticipate a lot of goals as well.
Klopp has refused to rule out the prospect of Joel Matip returning in time for this match, with the centre-back set to return to training ahead of the contest. The German’s pre-match press conference appeared to suggest a reluctance to throw Matip straight back into the fold so, despite Liverpool’s shortage at centre-back, he may only be fit enough for a place on the bench from the start.
The pace in Manchester United’s attack means that either option could be exploited, but Phillips appears to be just ahead of Williams in the running should one of them be needed. Naby Keita has been ruled out as Klopp exercises caution over the midfielder’s return, while Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas also remain sidelined. Four months after joining, Thiago Alcantara is in line to finally make his Anfield debut for Liverpool.
Manchester United also have defensive injury concerns, with Brandon Williams and Phil Jones having been ruled out and Victor Lindelof still doubtful with a back problem which has seen him miss the last three matches. The Swede could be back in contention for this one, but even so Solskjaer could choose to stick with the Harry Maguire-Eric Bailly partnership which has grown in recent outings.
Anthony Martial will undergo a late fitness test after limping off against Burnley with a hamstring injury, while Nemanja Matic must also prove his fitness due to a slight groin problem. Amad Diallo provides a new option for the visitors too, with Solskjaer refusing to rule out the prospect of the January arrival being involved on Sunday.
Series: England Premier League (EPL) 2020-21
Match: Liverpool vs Manchester United
Date: Sunday, 17 January 2021
Time: 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET / 21:30 PST
HEAD to HEAD:
- Four of the past six encounters had goals from both teams.
- Two of the last five clashes had four or more goals.
- The hosts have scored two or more goals in three of the former five match-ups at this venue.
- The latest game at this stadium had ended in a 2-0 win for the home team.
Probable Starting 11 Players:
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Martial
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