Liverpool are at Old Trafford this weekend as the Reds look to go second with a win over Mourinho’s United.
The Red Devils faced a scare on Monday as they went 2-0 down at Selhurst Park but they reclaimed second spot as they managed to comeback to win 3-2 courtesy of a late Matic strike
This is the fixture we all look forward to year by year as the two most successful clubs in England battle it out. The fixture is known for the rivalry, often packed with goals and cards. With that being said, 2 of the last 3 fixtures between the two sides have ended in a goalless draw. Prior to the last 3 games between the two sides, there had only been one goalless draw in the last 49 top-flight league games.
The Reds confirmed a place in the last 8 of the Champions League this week. The 5-0 aggregate score from the first leg was enough after drawing 0-0 against Porto on Tuesday night at Anfield. It was dull, drab and boring on Tuesday night but Liverpool did the job that we needed to do.
Liverpool have been in brilliant form this season and have only lost 3 league games this season, only league leaders Manchester City have lost less. The Reds are currently in third, just two points behind United and 7 points above fifth place Chelsea. I see Saturday as a game we cannot lose. The Reds have 9 games remaining this season and a 7-point gap ahead of 5th place sets us well on our way to back to back top 4 finishes since 2007-2009 which will be a big step in the right direction.
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Earlier on in the season when the two sides met at Anfield, the match finished goalless with Mourinho setting up rather defensively as he often does against the top clubs. The point was difficult to take as we controlled the game dominating the Red Devils for most of it. The best chance of that game fell to Cameroonian Centre-back Joel Matip but Spaniard David De Gea produced a world-class save to deny him and save United’s skin once more.
Nathanial Clyne is still not match fit and is unlikely to be included in the squad. Henderson and Robertson have recovered from knocks and should be available for selection by Klopp whilst Wijnaldum is likely to return to the squad having been absent due to illness.
The referee for tomorrow’s fixture is Craig Pawson. Pawson was the referee who gave Everton the late penalty at Anfield earlier on in the season, costing the Reds two points as well as being the referee when we were knocked out of the FA Cup to West Brom, he was a busy man that day with the controversial VAR taking centre stage.
My prediction for tomorrow is a 1-1 draw. Mourinho will set up to frustrate us as always. He knows we want to win so we can go above them into second, so Jose will be happy to settle for a draw.
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