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Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester United

It’s time for English Football’s most coveted fixture. Manchester United take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday 16th December 16:00GMT.

Manchester United showed what they’re all about in last week’s home demolition of Fulham. However, they’re not going up against the 20th placed team in the League come Sunday. Mourinho will be eager to build on last week’s win and inflict a severe wound on the League’s only unbeaten side this season. Sunday’s game is United’s best shot at redemption this season, no bigger statement than beating age old rivals and leaders of the Premier League. However, sitting in 6th place 16 points adrift of their rivals, this will be no easy task for United.

Liverpool have had an absolute wonder of a season so far. Top of the League. Unbeaten in the League. There’s a certain charm about Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side that has impressed almost every single fan around the world. However, United have always been a thorn in Liverpool’s side. The Red Devils are unbeaten in the last 8 encounters between England’s two most successful sides. But this time is different. Mo Salah has just won the African Footballer of the year prize and is raring to take on United’s under fire defence. Klopp will be looking to finally get one over his United counterpart.

Team News

Manchester United

The major injuries for Mourinho’s side are Victor Lindelof and Alexis Sanchez who are both out long term. A string of minor injuries in the past week including Martial’s groin issue and Chris Smalling’s injury should be sorted out come Sunday evening according to José. The Portuguese has already made it clear that he will be attacking the Reds at Anfield. Otherwise, he has also confirmed that Rashford and Lingard will definitely start at Anfield. 

Predicted lineup: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Fellaini; Lingard, Lukaku, Rashford.

Liverpool

Liverpool’s only major absentees are Center Backs Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. However, the presence of Virgil Van Dijk will assure Klopp that his defence is safe. The major selection headache for Klopp is his midfield. Fabinho, Keita and Henderson have all been rotated by the German in a bid to discover his best midfield. That discovery, fortunately for United, has not been made yet by Klopp.

The front three is as potent as ever and will remain unchanged for Sunday’s blockbuster.

Predicted lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson; Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

It’s that time of the season that every single United and Liverpool fan have been waiting for. Nerve wracking yet insanely fierce. It’s time for these players to show their worth, to make their mark in history. 

The stage is set. The cameras are rolling. The players are brooding red hot passion. 18 League titles vs 20 League titles. 5 times UCL champions  vs 3 times UCL Champions. Fire vs Fire. The Reds vs The Red Devils. Klopp vs Mourinho. Liverpool vs Manchester United. El Clasico, Madrid Derby, River vs Boca, Fenerbahçe vs Galatasaray, this fixture is right up there among these as the one of the biggest clashes in World Football. It’s all the glory, all the bragging rights at stake.

Don’t miss out, this is likely to be the most fierce game this season. It’s had it all in the past: sizzling scissor kicks, quick fire Red cards, on field violence and whopping demolitions. Sunday’s fixture promises to be no different. Be sure not to miss out the red hot action come Sunday Evening!

Match Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 Manchester United

 

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