The biggest rivalry in English football will be renewed on Monday night when Liverpool take on Manchester United. Both clubs boast 38 league titles and 8 champions’ league crowns between them – the stakes could not be any higher.
United are under the guidance of Manager Jose Mourinho after 3 years of bewilderment following the departure of legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson. The Portuguese will know the enormity of the task at hand after seeing his team stutter in the season so far. His recruitments have been shrewd thus far but one would argue most of the players are yet to hit the top gear we all know them to be capable of. What better stage to turn up than on that against your fiercest rivals.
It was a year ago around this time that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was appointed following the dismissal of Brendan Rodgers. The German struggled for the most of last season but now being in charge of his first full season, he has able to instill is philosophy and style of play into the players. Signings Saido Mane and Wijaldum have helped bolster the team in an attacking sense and all round pressing game that has been famously associated with Klopp. The German will be confident going into this game despite Liverpool having a poor record in this fixture in recent times winning only 2 of the last ten meetings. Liverpool’s season has been a promising one so far – scoring plenty goals and playing an entertaining brand of football.
United captain Wayne Rooney who has been sidelined by both country and club in recent times is unlikely to start despite his history and experience in this fixture. Paul Pogba who has an outstanding game for his country during the international break – scoring the winner – will look to continue in the same stead in his first meeting against the Reds. Zlatan Ibrahimovic who retired from International football following the Euros will be fresh and fit for this encounter.
Liverpool will hope that their free scoring form at home continues and with few injury concerns, they would be able to put their fiercest rivals to the sword.
More Team News
- Adam Lallana is a doubt following his injury in the last premier league outing
- Captain Wayne Rooney will be expected to start from the bench as has been the case for him for both club and country in recent times
- Pogba will continue his fruitful partnership with Herrera
- Mata will continue in the No. 10 role
- Joel Matip who has been in fine form will partner Lovren
- Karius will continue in goal for the Reds
- Mane, Firmino and Coutinho will be fit to start for Liverpool
- Martial who scored last time out from the bench will be looking to start
- Blind is set to continue in left back
It’s RED MONDAY as Liverpool and Manchester United Kick Off on Monday night at 19.00GMT. Don’t miss it.
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