Three reasons Liverpool will secure a top four finish this season

Liverpool kept their impressive unbeaten record against the league’s top sides intact with a 1-1 draw at Manchester City earlier today and remain in fourth place with nine Premier League matches to play.

The Reds are four points clear of Manchester United in fifth and six clear of Arsenal in sixth but their chasing rivals both have two games in hand to try and close that gap. Jurgen Klopp’s men still have a huge challenge on their hands if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League but they have three big reasons to be optimistic.

1. No distractions

Liverpool’s nine remaining league games are the only matches they have left to play in all competitions this season. That means they have maximum time to prepare for each game and will be able to play full strength sides in every fixture. Roberto Firmino returned to the team at Man City on Sunday, while Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge should be fit again by the time Everton come to Anfield on April 1, so Liverpool have all their key men available for the final stretch.

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In stark contrast, Manchester United still have a minimum of 13 games to play as a result of their Europa League commitments, while they could play as many as 16 more if they reach the final of that competition – something many expect them to do. Arsenal still have 11 Premier League games to play and also have an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City to contend with. The fact that Liverpool have only one competition to focus on should give them an advantage in the run-in.

2. Goalscoring form

Klopp’s side are the league’s top scorers, having netted 61 times in 29 games so far – an average of 2.1 per game. Not only does that make them the most threatening team in the division, it also means they have a strong chance of having superior goal difference to their nearest rivals. Only Chelsea and Spurs have better goal difference than the Reds at this stage and they will look to keep it that way as they battle with both Manchester clubs as well as Arsenal for the final remaining Champions League spots.

The Reds have only failed to score in one of their last 17 league games and will fancy their chances of outscoring each of their remaining nine opponents until the end of the season.

3. Home comforts

Liverpool will play five of their remaining league fixtures at Anfield, where they have only lost one game all season. The Reds have the fourth best home record in the division this season and have back-to-back home clashes against Everton and Bournemouth coming up after the international break to try and solidify their position in the top four. They are unbeaten in four at home, winning three of those, and have played Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal in that stretch.

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Their remaining home fixtures see them face just two sides who currently sit in the top ten in Everton and Southampton, while they will be expected to beat Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough. They have easier home games remaining that Manchester United and Arsenal, who have to play each other at the Emirates Stadium on May 6 in what will prove to be a pivotal match in the race for the top four.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Swansea City

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs Swansea City

Venue: Anfield – Saturday, January 21 – 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 1/4 – Draw 5/1 – Swansea 10/1

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Premier League strugglers Swansea City to Anfield on Saturday in a game that looks to be a foregone conclusion.

The Merseyside club are sitting third, seven points off top spot and need to get on a run of form again in a bid to close that gap. They have drawn their last two league games which has slightly stuttered their title challenge.

Jurgen Klopp’s side come into this one having secured their place in the next round of the FA Cup, after their replay win against Plymouth on Wednesday Night.

Liverpool have beaten Swansea in their last four meetings at Anfield and will be feeling confident of extending that run here.

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Swansea City are in trouble. They sit bottom of the Premier League and have won just once in their last six domestic outings.

Paul Clement will try to steady what looks a fast sinking ship but will be all too aware of how difficult this tie is going to be. Swansea were thumped 4-0 by Arsenal in their last game and they could be in for a similar scoreline here if their defensive performance doesn’t improve.

There is still plenty of time for Swansea to get out of trouble. There are just ten points separating 11th and bottom place, so a run of positive results would more than likely see them move into a healthier position. Clement has signed both Martin Olsson and Tom Carroll to attempt to improve things, they should both help to lift spirits in the squad.

Swansea did win their last away fixture in the league, which was only the second time they have managed three points on the road this season. City have amassed just seven points away from home in the 16/17 campaign and it is difficult to see them adding to that tally here.

Team News

Liverpool are expecting to be without five for this one as Danny Ings, Joel Matip, Mamadou Sakho, Marko Grujic and Sadio Mane are all set to be unavailable for selection. 

Swansea City have just the three injury concerns as Jefferson Montero, Neil Taylor and Modou Barrow are all out. 

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/W/D/D

Swansea City’s last five: L/L/L/W/L

Key Stat: Liverpool have not lost in their last 17 Premier League games at Anfield.

Key Player: Roberto Firmino – The Liverpool forward is going to need to step up and provide even more in the absence of Sadio Mane. He has netted six times this season and will see this as an opportunity to increase his tally.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 3-0 Swansea City – This should be a routine win for Liverpool so long as they remain focused and patient in breaking their opponents down. Swansea have to try to be tighter at the back, if they let Liverpool in early they know it could be a long afternoon with an unfavourably high scoreline.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC

Venue: Anfield – Saturday, October 22 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Liverpool 30/100 – Draw 17/4 – West Brom 9/1

Match Preview

Liverpool take on West Brom at Anfield in Saturday’s evening Premier League fixture with both sides looking to build on a good start to the season.

The Reds struggled to break down a rigid Manchester United defence in a goalless draw on Monday night and will come up against opposition that will most likely deploy similar tactics to United’s this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in free scoring form so far this season with 18 goals in the league – only Man City and Arsenal have managed more (19) – so they’ll be hoping to bounce back with a win.

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The draw with United ended a run of four consecutive league wins for Liverpool, however they’re now unbeaten in six and haven’t yet lost a home game (W2, D1).

West Brom arrive in Merseyside after nearly snatching all three points in their 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham last weekend, as only a last-gasp Dele Alli equaliser cancelled out Nacer Chadli’s strike against his former club.

The performance will have pleased Tony Pulis as his side showed they could cut it against the league’s top sides, showing a good fighting spirit and defensive solidarity.

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With that in mind, the Baggies may fancy their chances of earning themselves at least a point at Anfield as they’re proving difficult to beat and will try to hurt Liverpool at set pieces.

The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at the end of last season. The last three clashes have ended in a draw.

Team News

Liverpool are hoping James Milner recovers from a knock, while Giorgio Wijnaldum is a doubt. Sheyi Ojo, Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez will miss the game through injury.

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West Brom’s only major concern is that Jonny Evans will miss the game through suspension after already picking up five yellow cards this season.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/W/W/D

West Brom’s last five: L/W/D/D/D

Key Stat: West Brom have won on two of their last five league visits to Anfield (D1, L2).

Key Player: Nacer Chadli – The Belgian has been in scintillating form for his new club and will be looking to make an impact in this game. He’s the go to guy at the moment and if West Brom are to get something, he’s bound to play a part.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom – The Reds should have enough to edge past a resilient West Brom side. The Baggies are unlikely to be rolled over easily but Jurgen Klopp has plenty of quality at his disposal which could be the difference.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Manchester United

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

Venue: Anfield – Monday, October 17 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Liverpool 23/20 – Draw 5/2 – Man Utd 5/2

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield in a huge Monday night clash in the Premier League, with two of football’s oldest rivals going head-to-head for the first time this season.

The Reds are in great form, having won each of their last four league games and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for another stellar performance here.

Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 at Swansea before the International break and they look like genuine title contenders at this early stage, so a win on Monday would only reaffirm that.

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The worry is that they’ve struggled to overcome their old enemies in recent seasons, losing each of their last four league games against United. They did beat them in last season’s Europa League Round of 16 though.

For Manchester United, this is a pivotal fixture. They are sitting in seventh place coming into the game, three points behind Liverpool and are in danger of falling six points outside the top four with a defeat here.

Jose Mourinho’s men were left frustrated with a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke last time out, despite dominating that game, and so they will need to be much more clinical here if they are to take anything away from Anfield.

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United’s last away game ended in a 3-1 defeat at Watford so there is undoubtedly a lot of pressure riding on the shoulders of this talented squad ahead of such an enormous fixture.

The most recent league meeting between these two sides saw United win 1-0 at Anfield thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal. Only Steven Gerrard (8) has scored more goals in this fixture than the United captain (6).

Team News

Liverpool are likely to be without key midfielders Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum, who are both struggling with knocks. Sheyi Ojo, Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez are definitely out, while Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne are listed as doubts. Emre Can looks set to start in midfield, with Daniel Sturridge likely to start the game on the bench as Roberto Firmino continues to lead the attack.

Jose Mourinho’s biggest decision for United will be whether he starts Wayne Rooney or not. The attacker is likely to start the game on the bench once again, with Marcus Rashford hoping to keep his place out wide. Phil Jones and Bastian Schweinsteiger are both out, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw are lacking match fitness and may not be risked.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: D/W/W/W/W

Man United’s last five: W/L/L/W/D

Key Stat: Liverpool have lost more Premier League games against Manchester United (27) than against any other opponent and have lost each of their last four meetings against their rivals.

Key Player: Juan Mata – The United playmaker scored a superb bicycle kick in this fixture two seasons ago and has now scored three and assisted two goals in his last four games against the Reds, so he will be hoping to cause the hosts more problems here.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United – It’s an enormous fixture at any time, but Monday night’s clash feels like a must-win for both sides, even if we are only in October. Liverpool are in great form and look too good going forward not to score here, so the big question will be how United cope with the threat provided. Mourinho’s men have looked vulnerable at times this season and could find themselves dropping three more points if they’re not on top of their game here. Home win.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Leicester City

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Leicester City

Venue: Anfield – Saturday, September 10 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 8/13 – Draw 3/1 – Leicester 17/4

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome reigning Premier League champions Leicester City to Anfield on Saturday evening in a tie that has the makings of one not to miss. 

Jurgen Klopp will be expecting more from his side than they have already shown this season. They’re sitting 11th on four points.

Liverpool come into this one having picked up a point in their 1-1 draw with Spurs, a game they looked like they could have gone on to win, but a solid result nonetheless.

This will be test for Liverpool but they will fancy their chances, they are unbeaten in their last eight home games and have a strong record against Leicester at Anfield.

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Leicester have had a solid start to their title defence but unsurprisingly look a little off the pace compared to the big-spenders in the transfer window.

Claudio Ranieri’s side come into this one having picked up a convincing win over Swansea at home and will want to get on a run of form now.

Leicester’s response to losing their opener has been impressive and they have looked more like the side that won the league in their last two games.

This is going to be a tough season for Leicester but they know what they’re capable of and will not be fearing travelling to any side.

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Team News

Liverpool are expecting to be without Emre Can, Joe Gomez and Mamadou Sakho for this tie.

Leicester City have just two injury concerns ahead of this tie as Jeffrey Schlupp and Nampalys Mendy are both expected to remain out.

Key Points

Liverpool’s form: W/L/D

Leicester City’s form: L/D/W

Key Stat: Liverpool are unbeaten at home to Leicester in the last five meetings between the sides at Anfield. 

Key Player: Phillippe Coutinho – The Liverpool playmaker will be looking to unlock a solid Leicester defence. As we know, he likes a long-range effort so we can expect to see him take on any opportunity he feels is worth trying.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-2 Leicester City – Neither side will make this easy for the other. Liverpool have been impressive at home but being under pressure suits Leicester and they will be looking forward to counter-attacking a defence who have looked vulnerable so far this season.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Chelsea

Venue: Anfield – Wednesday, April 20 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 19/20 – Draw 11/4 – Chelsea 13/5

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield on Wednesday night in the penultimate game of the Premier League season for both sides.

The Reds come into this one off the back of their 2-0 home win against Watford which ended a run of two games without a victory.

Jurgen Klopp will have eyes on next week’s Europa League final against Sevilla so may rest players but he will be itching for his side to finish the season in the highest position possible, which could potentially be 5th if results go their way. 

Liverpool have only lost one of their last 12 home games in the Premier League and are unbeaten in their last seven at Anfield. They have scored 18 goals in those seven games.

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Chelsea’s dismal season took another low blow at the weekend as they twice threw away the lead against Sunderland.

Guus Hiddink’s time as interim manager is coming to an end and he has watched Chelsea struggle in recent weeks as they have won just two of their last eight league games.

Chelsea are unbeaten at Anfield in their last four visits, winning two and drawing two, but given their current form and the way their season has gone, it wouldn’t be a surprise if that run came to an end here.

The Blues have already lost to Liverpool this season, the reverse fixture ending in a 3-1 loss in one of Klopp’s first games as manager. Chelsea could potentially finish as low as 13th if results go against them so they need to finish the season with as much dignity as possible and rebuild ahead of the next campaign.

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Team News

Liverpool have five injury concerns as Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Jordan Rossiter are all out. Mamadou Sakho is still suspended following the ongoing investigation after his failed blood test.

Chelsea have just three injury concerns. Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma are expected to be out while Pedro is a doubt after he missed the trip to Sunderland. John Terry is serving the first of his two-match ban following his sending off at the weekend in what looks to be a bitter end to his Chelsea career.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/D/L/W

Chelsea’s last five: L/L/W/D/L

Key Stat: Fast start – The opening goal of this fixture has been scored within the first ten minutes in four of the last five meetings in the Premier League. 

Key Player: Daniel Sturridge – The Englishman has scored eight goals in a season riddled with injuries. He will want to get one over on his former club and impress Klopp in the hope of securing a starting position for the Europa League final.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 3-1 Chelsea – Liverpool have been scoring freely at home and face a Chelsea side who will be willing the season to end. Klopp may rest some players but will be fielding a team to win this game and he will expect nothing less in a tie which usually has plenty of action. 

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Everton

Venue: Anfield – Wednesday, April 20 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 4/6 – Draw 3/1 – Everton 19/5

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Everton to Anfield on Wednesday night in the Premier League for a midweek Merseyside Derby.

The home side have been on a fine run of form of late and come into this tie unbeaten in their last three league outings.

Liverpool won 2-1 away at Bournemouth last weekend and a win in this fixture could see them move up the table into 6th. Jurgen Klopp will be pleased with the progression his side are making and he will be hoping to end the season in the strongest form possible to build a foundation for Liverpool to mount a top four challenge next campaign. 

There have been six draws in the last seven Merseyside Derby clashes, but Liverpool will be feeling confident they can break that trend heading into this tie. 

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Everton are stuck in a rut of form. They haven’t won any of their last six Premier League games, losing twice and drawing in each of their last three.

There is plenty of room for improvement for Roberto Martinez’s side and a win here would certainly be the lift they are looking for as the season nears its end.

Everton’s last league visit to Anfield ended in a 1-1 draw, a scoreline they would probably be satisfied with heading into this tie given the differing form between the two sides.

The Toffees are sitting in 11th on 41 points and they will want to ensure they can get back into form as only two points separate them and 16th place at this stage.

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Team News

Liverpool have seven injury concerns heading into this tie. Christian Benteke, Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Danny Ings are all expected to miss out, while Divock Origi and Kolo Toure are both doubts.

Everton have one less injury concern. Leighton Baines, Tom Cleverley, Seamus Coleman, Tony Hibbert and Aaron Lennon are all doubtful, while Phil Jagielka remains out.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/L/D/W/W

Everton’s last five: L/L/D/D/D

Key Stat: Everton have failed to win in any of their last six Premier League outings and have only scored twice in their last five games. 

Key Player: Roberto Firmino – The Liverpool forward has netted nine goals this season, including his side’s opener last weekend and will look to light up the Merseyside Derby at Anfield here.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 3-1 Everton – Liverpool to continue their run of form and overpower a struggling Everton side in front of the home crowd. It’s been a tough season for Everton, who have underachieved given their squad strength but Liverpool will likely add to their woes with a comfortable victory on Wednesday night.

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs West Ham

Competition: FA Cup Fourth Round – Liverpool vs. West Ham United

Venue: Anfield – Saturday, January 30 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)

Match Odds Liverpool 29/10 – Draw 12/5 – West Ham 29/10

Match Preview

Liverpool play host to West Ham in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday evening in what is a repeat of the 2006 final that saw Liverpool fight back from 3-1 down to win on penalties.

Liverpool are facing their third match in seven days here. They booked a Wembley date with Manchester City for February 28th after their League Cup semifinal victory over Stoke City on penalties on Tuesday.

But with plenty of key players having played that match, Jurgen Klopp could rest some of those stars for the West Ham game, especially as they head to Leicester City on Tuesday night.

If the Reds do advance to the fifth round, it will mean they play at least seven matches next month as the fixtures just keep coming. So some big decisions lie at the German manager’s door on what to prioritise.

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Christian Benteke could lead the line for Liverpool after starting on the bench against Stoke. He started both games against Exeter City in the third round of this competition.

For West Ham, the 2006 FA Cup final has been the closest the club has come to winning silverware since 1980. With the Hammer’s league form so strong, and with the scalps they have been pulling off, they could well go deep into this year’s FA Cup.

This competition gives them their last chance of winning silverware before they leave Upton Park for their move to the Olympic Stadium next season.

West Ham can take huge confidence from completing a league double over their counterparts on Saturday, scoring five goals and conceding none in the two league matches against Liverpool.

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With longer rest time than their opponents too, they could inflict some serious damage on the Reds.

Dimitri Payet is a man that Liverpool will need to halt, as the Frenchman has been so impressive since joining from Marseille in the Summer. One defeat in eleven has seen the Hammers move up into sixth place in the league, one place above the Reds in seventh, so this should be a close battle.

Team News

The match comes too soon for the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel and Divock Origi, while Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are long-term absentees.

West Ham recently lost Carl Jenkinson for the season. James Tomkins, Michail Antonio and Mark Noble are racing to bit fit, while Andy Carroll is expected to be back in training next week. Diafra Sakho is still missing through a knee injury.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five in all competitions: D/L/W/W/L

West Ham’s last five in all competitions: W/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: Liverpool haven’t conceded a goal at Anfield in the FA Cup since 2012, which coincides with the last time they got to the final, when they played Chelsea in a 2-1 loss.

Key Player: Dimitri Payet – When Payet is on the pitch West Ham look a totally different side. He is West Ham’s top scorer and leader in assists and is a true fan favourite. He can cause problems for a Liverpool backline that has been decimated by injuries in recent weeks and he is more than capable of unlocking the door that can send West Ham to the next round.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 0-2 West Ham – A first league double over Liverpool since 1952 will give the Hammers huge amounts of confidence going into this one. Injuries on both sets of teams deplete the matchup of key players. But West Ham are confident away from home as victories over Arsenal, Manchester City and their opponents Liverpool have already shown. Whoever wins will be feared in round five.

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.

Steven Gerrard to leave LA Galaxy as Liverpool return looms – report

Steven Gerrard’s MLS adventure might be coming to a very abrupt end just four months after moving to the LA Galaxy as Liverpool are reportedly looking to bring back their talisman.

Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Anfield has seen the club change their outlook on Gerrard, who they watched leave after 18 years of service, as the German head coach wants to see the 35-year-old midfielder return “to define the standards of professionalism”, according to a report by the Independent.

The report claims Klopp has spoken to Gerrard on the phone “several times” since becoming Liverpool boss and wants him back on Merseyside to join the club for training at the very least, with a playing role a possibility.

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The Galaxy do not want to allow their Designated Player to go on loan to another club during the offseason and are also unlikely to want him training with another team.

That would probably mean Liverpool have to table a transfer offer to release Gerrard from the final 12 months of his Galaxy contract, should LA allow him to go.

The Galaxy crashed out of the playoffs at the first hurdle last week and Gerrard revealed after their exit that he was considering retirement in a year’s time. He also said he never anticipated the travel involved in MLS would present such a challenge as it did during his brief experience so far.

“It could be my last season as a footballer. I certainly don’t want to feel like I’m feeling right now come next year. I’d love to go out on a high,” he told reporters in Seattle last week.

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“Going on the road, playing on turf, playing at altitude, playing in humidity, those are the hurdles that I’ve had to face over the last three months that I wasn’t aware of. Every away game has a different challenge.”

It’s those challenges that might have changed Gerrard’s stance on playing out his final days across the pond. He will meet Jurgen Klopp in person early next week for the first time as negotiations over a permanent return to Anfield look to be high on the agenda.

Should Steven Gerrard consider a return to Liverpool already? Should LA Galaxy sell him if a transfer offer is received?