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With Liverpool in such a buoyant mood after their 1-0 victory against Napoli during the week, Manchester United fans will be dreading the trip to Anfield on Sunday.
José Mourinho’s players look beyond disinterested and unbothered by the hole they have dug themselves into this season, while Jürgen Klopp’s Reds are tussling with Manchester City over who can end the year in top spot.
With Liverpool’s dynamic forward line and midfield just behind them, this could become a case of United being embarrassed by the difference in quality of the two sides.
Form rarely matters in these types of fixtures, but with Mourinho’s players really down in the dumps, it might just come into play this time round.
Here are Liam Canning’s selections for the game…
Remarkably, Liverpool come into this game undefeated in their last 28 matches at Anfield in the Premier League. Such is their prowess at home, Klopp will be feeling confident that he can take the game to United and put them under enormous pressure with nowhere to go.
The Reds have been in magnificent form this season and are genuine title contenders this year, having solved the issue of a leaky defence that had hindered them in past campaigns.
Virgil Van Dijk, along with goalkeeper Alisson, has guided Liverpool to safety in certain matches, with the Brazilian saving the day with his emphatic, last-minute block of Aleksandar Milik’s shot against Napoli.
Making yourself big, Alisson style 👏 pic.twitter.com/8aTQhq4PR0— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 12, 2018
The former Roma talisman has slotted straight into Liverpool’s team ethos and has saved them a considerable number of points already in his short career with the Reds.
Man United, on the other hand, are in a world of bother. A lifeless display against Valencia was unsurprising to say the least and will be added to the whole host of others shown this season.
An out-of-form Romelu Lukaku burdens United’s forward line with no one else really coming to the fore after Anthony Martial’s injury. Mourinho lacks a central defender that he pleaded for in the summer transfer window, as well as a lack of options up front.
The Reds are best priced by Bet365 at 4/7 to claim the three points in what could be a memorable game for Liverpool fans.
It’s not rocket science to observe how fluid and functioning Liverpool’s front three are, even with the slight change in position for Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian, who is predominantly a right winger, has been moved inwards by Klopp as the centre forward, allowing him to dictate play on a more regular basis.
Although Salah has seen his performances improve playing through the middle, the Reds’ front three are all interchangeable and constantly move around, occupying different areas of the pitch.
Unlike United’s rigidity, Liverpool have a very expressive formation that is a nightmare for defences to contain.
The Reds have scored the third-most amount of goals in the Premier League this season, just one behind Arsenal but 11 behind City.
They might not score as prolifically as their rivals, but they usually do come up in trumps when faced with tough opposition. Incidentally, the only two teams they’ve failed to score against this season has been Red Star Belgrade and Manchester City.
Klopp will not alter his system just because it’s Manchester United and will expect more of the same attacking excellence that has been on offer this season.
As previously mentioned, Man United’s lack of options up front is considerably discouraging them from finding the back of the net. Martial remains ‘doubtful’ but will be given up until the last hour to convince the medical team that he can feature in this encounter.
Without the Frenchman’s goals, United are barren in front of goal. Lukaku is shooting blanks and can barely get in a promising position, while Marcus Rashford has been wasteful for the majority of the season.
The England international is still developing, but there is a stark contrast between when he is faced with a one-on-one situation and Martial.
8 - Based on Opta's xG model, the average goalkeeper would have conceded eight more goals than Alisson has for Liverpool in the Premier League & Champions League combined in 2018-19. Wall. pic.twitter.com/H9rdXdXZoC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 12, 2018
There is some sort of hope that United will rise to the occasion at Anfield, but that optimism is slim and only flickering. Liverpool have conceded only six goals in the Premier League so far, which really doesn’t bode well for United’s chances on Sunday.
This might well be Liverpool’s season and chance to finally win a Premier League title (5/2) and there would be no better time to royally embarrass United than the opportunity that presents itself this weekend.
Ladbrokes offer odds of 21/20 for Manchester United not to score.