The Premier League returns to action this weekend following the international break with Liverpool taking on Manchester United in the Saturday lunchtime game.
This rivalry has produced some thrilling games over the years. In English top flight history we are the two most successful clubs too – Manchester United having won the championship on 20 occasions and Liverpool 18.
Sportsbooks are expecting a tight game between the two giants as you can get the same odds to bet on Man United as you can Liverpool – both currently at 2.82 with betting exchange leader Betfair.
United head into the weekend as the co-leaders with Manchester City on 19 points, having won six of their seven games. Only City have scored more than the 21 goals Jose Mourinho’s side have already netted.
Meanwhile, we are already seven points behind the top two. What’s worse, only West Ham United (17) and Crystal Palace (13) have conceded more than the dozen goals our defence has leaked already this season.
On the injury front it’s fairly even. Sadio Mane is a huge loss for us and is expected to be out for up to six weeks. The Senegalese forward is irreplaceable and it doesn’t help that both Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino were over in South America with Brazil on Tuesday. Could jet lag factor in?
Mourinho is missing both Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini in the centre of midfield. One of them would have started if both fit, but the Portuguese coach still has Ander Herrera to call upon to partner Nemanja Matic in front of the back four. Not a bad choice at all.
In attack, United have been lethal this season and should fancy their chances versus the our defence. Romelu Lukaku has seven goals in his first seven Premier League games so far for the Red Devils whilst Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have been lethal down the left.
Whoever starts between Rashford and Martial could come up against the inexperienced Joe Gomez, who has been starting in place of the injured Nathaniel Clyne of late. Whilst the youngster has made an impressive start this is going to be his biggest test to date. On the opposite flank, Alberto Moreno has been playing at left-back again this season. The Spaniard has been a liability at the back and is expected to be really tested by Juan Mata if they both start.
It seems we have a tough challenge ahead of us, but Jurgen Klopp has a good record versus Jose Mourinho and guided us to two draws in these fixtures last season. Fingers crossed for a result but perhaps you’ll have more success in the quiz below than what many are predicting Liverpool will have on Saturday?