This is a typical Super Sunday contest with all the makings of a derby. This is a bare knuckle contest where both sides are in for more than just the three points. Not even the bragging rights. It is one of those fierce exchanges that has a direct bearing on the league race.
Jose Mourinho knows that he must keep the momentum. Jurgen Klopp understands that on form Chelsea could just run away with the title should the Kops slip on Sunday. Manchester City, Arsenal, Spurs and United are all preying on Liverpool, and looking to topple them at second place. What a contest we have!
Liverpool started the season extravagantly, scoring a sack. In as much as they struggled defensively, the attack compensated ably, thanks to a free-scoring forward line of Sadio Mane, Firmino, Lallana, Origi and Coutinho. One key member of the division’s most elite scoring side, Sadio Mane is now out. Certainly a big blow to the Reds who will have to do without the Senegalese for the next four weeks or so. In the last 5 games, the Reds have been scoring fewer goals, and this will certainly be the trend again at United.
Liverpool is in a mini blip. Just in recent days, Southampton staged a great display in the EFL Cup semis to silence Liverpool, which was dreadful on the night. To say the least, United on the other hand is on some terrific form. Marquee signings Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have found their best form, and the duo are running riot.
United has now won nine on the spin in all competitions, and kept it clean in the last three. Save for Eric Bailly, United is at full strength and should smack Liverpool. Zlatan means business and the established forward will certainly shred the awful Liverpool backline.