Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. Manchester United FC

Venue: Anfield – Sunday, January 17 – 14:05 GMT (09:05 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 13/10 – Draw 11/5 – Manchester United 11/5

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield for the latest installment in their long-standing rivalry in what is the standout Premier League fixture of the weekend.

The Reds battled to earn a point in their 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night, thanks to a stoppage time Joe Allen strike, though they will be disappointed that they twice led a lead slip in what was an end-to-end game against the league leaders.

Jurgen Klopp still has a lengthy injury list to worry about but he has so far impressed against the league’s bigger sides and will now want to beat United in his first clash against them.

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The Red are ninth going into the weekend, three points behind United in sixth place. Their top four hopes are still alive, but they need to start winning games more regularly to stand a chance of qualifying for Europe’s elite competition next term.

United are fighting for the same objective, but a run of one win in eight league games has seen them fall off the pace and Louis Van Gaal remains under intense pressure.

The Red Devils let a two-goal lead slip at Newcastle on Tuesday night and will be hugely disappointed to only come away with a point from that 3-3 draw.

Van Gaal’s side scored three goals in a Premier League game for the first time since October on Tuesday night, but the Dutchman will also be worried that his defence conceded three goals in a league match for just second time this season.

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United beat Liverpool 3-1 in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford back in September and they have now won each of the last three games against their rivals. A win on Sunday would be huge for the Red Devils but that looks unlikely given their recent struggles.

Team News

Jurgen Klopp still has a seriously long injury list to worry about, though Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho’s return on Wednesday slightly eased the defensive crisis. Steven Caulker has joined on loan and will hope for a first start here, while Jordan Ibe and Daniel Sturridge remain doubtful. Dejan Lovren is definitely out, along with Joe Gomez, Jon Flanagan, Jordan Rossiter, Danny Ings, Martin Skrtel, Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho.

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is set to recall Juan Mata to the starting lineup here, after he earned some rest on Tuesday night. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick both look set to miss out again, while Phil Jones also remains doubtful. Nick Powell, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw all remain sidelined.

Key Stats

Liverpool’s last five: L/W/W/L/D

Manchester United’s last five: L/L/D/W/D

Key Stat: Manchester United have won their last three games against Liverpool, recording an aggregate scoreline of 8-2 over those matches.

Key Player: Roberto Firmino – The Brazilian attacker netted twice for Liverpool in their 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday and will likely play in the ‘false 9’ position once again here as he will look to hurt a United defence that conceded three it their last outing.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United – Both sides will be disappointed with their league positions at this stage of the season and will look to hurt each other in what is always a fierce rivalry. Liverpool will look to make home advantage count and will be confident of beating a vulnerable United side, given their fine displays against the big sides under Jurgen Klopp.


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