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LIVERPOOL V MANCHESTER UNITED: RIVALRY REUNITED

The two most successful clubs in English football lock horns again this weekend when Manchester United visit Anfield on Sunday afternoon to play Liverpool in the 201st meeting between the sides.

Form

Liverpool have had an impressive start to the premier league season this term as the Jurgen Klopp armies have won 13 of their 16 league games and played 3 draws, which were against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. The reds now seat on top of the league table following the defeat suffered by City in the hands of Sarri’s Chelsea last Sunday.

Meanwhile, the red devils have struggled in the league this season, having had better moments in the UEFA champions League. Manchester United are sixth on the premier league ladder and have lost four times this season (Brighton 3-2, Tottenham 3-0, Westham 3-1 and Manchester City 3-1)whilst Liverpool are unbeaten. The reds are 16 points better than United and lead City on top of the ladder with just a point. The latest victory coming away from home, in a 4-0 thumping of Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium

Head to Head

But the kops have not won in this fixture in the last four seasons across eight meetings. Liverpool have lost five of those meetings and played a draw in three occasions, scoring only four goals and conceding 12 in the process. The last victory for the reds was in March 2014, the season when the reds came so close to the title under Brendan Rodgers. A Steven Gerard led team beat Manchester United 3-0, with the captain earning a brace from the spot and Luis Suarez scoring the third.

Last term, Liverpool were forced to a draw at Anfield while Jose Mourinho ensured a victory at The Old Trafford, beating the Klopp side 2-1. Young forward, Marcus Rashford scored a brace while the only Liverpool goal came from the hands of United defender, Eric Bailey who helped a Sadio Mane’s cross into his own net.

Verdict:

The trend of results in recent times has proven that Big games are big no matter what. Poor forms do not matter. Chelsea came from the back of a disappointing 2-1 loss to Wolves to beat former league leaders, Manchester City 2-0, and ending their 15 game unbeaten run in the premier league.

If Liverpool maintains the defensive disicipline they showed against Bournemouth and Napoli n the recent week, they may be able to keep the United attack from doing any damage. However, the reds must also improve in their conversions in the attack. Sadio Mane missed three open chances against David Ospina during the UCL last fixture in the group stage in midweek.

Scoreline: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United.

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