LIVERPOOL and Manchester United got their campaigns off to good starts and this weekend both face games on the road. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will be at Southampton while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils will travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In both instances, the visitors will be expected to depart with all three points, but Liverpool and Man United should be wary of what their hosts might plan as a welcome.
On the back of their comfortable 4-1 defeat of Norwich and the UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea in midweek, Liverpool should still see off Southampton.
Missing from their starting line-up in Istanbul though, where they beat Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on penalties on Wednesday, were Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold. However, this trio will almost surely be slotted into the first XI.
With first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker still ruled out through injury, Istanbul hero Adrian is expected to retain his place in the team. It was his penalty save that gave Liverpool a narrow 5-4 penalty shootout victory.
In the wake of their 4-0 demolition of Chelsea last weekend, Man United boss Solskjaer is unlikely to make wholesale changes to his line-up on Monday night.
Again, much of the limelight will centre on expensive new defenders Harry Maguire (£80mil from Leicester) and Aaron Wan-Biasska (£50mil from Crystal Palace).
Wolves eased past Armenian side Pyunik in the second-leg third-round qualifying Europa League game on Thursday (4-0). But despite their workload, manager Nuno Espirito Santo said that as their schedule had been different, so too have their preparations for this game.
He added that their “priorities were clear” and that they wanted “to be ready for every game”.
Wolves drew their opening league match at Leicester, where Leander Dendoncker had a goal ruled out by VAR (video assisted referees).
Leicester themselves travel to Chelsea and would probably settle for a point against a much-improved team that faced Liverpool in midweek.
Lampard chose experience over youth and should he opt to go that way again against the Foxes, Leicester could be in for a fright tomorrow.
But perhaps not as bad as if Liverpool and Man United come unstuck.