Outstanding Liverpool should be too good for bitter rivals Man Utd tomorrow


Klopp's side have kept six consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League after last week's win over Tottenham.

MANCHESTER UNITED are the only club Liverpool have yet to beat in the Premier League this season.

The 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October last year has been the only blemish in Jurgen Klopp’s side brilliant form so far this season.

It was also one of the worst performances that the Reds have shown this season as they could have easily lost the game had it not been for Adam Lallana’s late equaliser.

In another disjointed performance against Tottenham last week, Liverpool were fortunate to come away with a 1-0 win to keep their unbeaten streak intact.

Had Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso not missed their chances during Jose Mourinho’s team’s second-half siege on the Liverpool goal, it could have been a different headline.

Klopp was visibly furious on the touchline, Jordan Henderson was also reportedly said to have been disappointed with the sloppy performance while Roberto Firmino lamented the missed chances he failed to capitalise on.

Criticisms aside, the positive mindset and mentality of Klopp’s charges must be praised as the Reds continue their relentless march towards the league title.

Up against bitter rivals and sworn enemies Man Utd at Anfield tomorrow, Liverpool cannot afford to be complacent.

Though they are facing a Man Utd side who are having a gruelling January having played five games in 15 days, including their midweek FA Cup replay win over Wolves, Klopp will know that in these kind of fixtures the formbook counts for nothing.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side do not have a great record away from home in the league as they have picked up only 12 points, with three wins, three draws and five losses.

Their last five away league matches included two victories over Burnley (2-0) and Manchester City (2-1), a draw against Sheffield United (3-3) and two losses against Arsenal (2-0) and Watford (2-0).

Man Utd are also without influential midfielders Paul Pogba and especially Scott McTominay, who has played well prior to his injury.

They could also be without their top scorer Marcus Rashford, who limped off during the win over Wolves on Wednesday.

The in-form Rashford has been pivotal for Man Utd, scoring 14 league goals so far this season, including the one during the draw at Old Trafford.

In his potential absence, the Red Devils will have to rely on the equally dangerous Anthony Martial and promising 18-year-old striker Mason Greenwood, who were both on target during the 4-0 win over Norwich last week.

Anyhow, Klopp will need to take advantage of these factors and give Man Utd no quarter. It is highly possible that the German could use the same starting 11 that played against Tottenham.

Call it redemption, as it will be good for the same players to show their motivation and put in a good shift just to prove a point.

It is also likely that Klopp will have an eye on the away game against Wolves in midweek as he might opt for a change or two.

Xherdan Shaqiri might be given a nod to stake a claim for himself in midfield alongside Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum, at the expense of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Lallana.

Both Shaqiri and Oxlade-Chamberlain are attack-minded players and either one will be needed to link up play between the wingbacks and the front three.

Perhaps even Reds’ new boy Takumi Minamino could be given his first Premier League start, having shown a glimpse of what he can do during his debut against Everton two weeks ago.

It will be a relief for Klopp as Joel Matip and Fabinho are said to be fit again to train with the first team following their respective injuries.

While the game against Man Utd may be too soon for them, it would give Klopp more options for the match against Wolves, who will be gunning for revenge after narrowly losing to the Reds at Anfield last month.

Whichever line-up fielded, Liverpool need to control the game and not let up with their high-intensity and high pressing game.

The players need to once again show that they are hungry for success and give their all in front of the Kop.

Make no mistake, Klopp might not care about records, but he and his team know that nothing short of a win will do.

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