When two of the biggest clubs in England meet, it is always a spectacle - be it the build up to the match or the match itself. As Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho quite aptly put it, it is just three points but to the fans, it means much more than that.
Manchester United and Liverpool have been destined to fight it out throughout the realms of time but the next encounter, today, could be written down with some of the most important games in the history of the fixture. Both teams have been average for the last couple of years and now finally have a manager at the helm whose philosophy has been bought by the players and fans even if the expectations are very different. Liverpool
Having said that, while the league table might suggest that Liverpool
There is a very simple rule in football - goals win you games. And Liverpool
But it's not just goals that will be on Jurgen Klopp's mind when he picks the starting eleven for the game. In midfield, the introduction of Michael Carrick has made United achieve their potential as he gives Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera the freedom to venture forward wreak havoc on the opposition
Adding to the midfield problem is the style of play itself. Liverpool
However, the biggest difference between the two teams are the three players responsible for keeping the scores level. While United have one of the best shot-stoppers in the game, Liverpool have Loris Karius and Simon Mingolet. The former has already been dropped from the first team and the latter's past will never leave him be. Coming to the two men in front of them, United have a host of players at their disposal in the form of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, and Marcos Rojo while Joel Matip is the only one who has shown some resolve during the games where Liverpool have struggled. Klavan and Lovren have been good in patches but for a team trying to win a Championship they are just not good enough. Then there is the case
Even if Liverpool somehow manage to stop the United, they have one major flaw in the team. As good as James Milner has been this season, if he comes up against Henrikh Mkhitaryan he will realize why United shelled out all the money they did for the Armenian. Not only does 27-year-old have the pace to trouble the Englishman, he has an end product that the end of it as well. Along with the direct threat posed by the Armenian, the over-lapping runs from Antonio Valencia will mean that if Milner doesn't continue to get the support from the right-sided midfielder, Liverpool will have to contend with a very fast Ecuadorian with space in front of him. The game is going to a be closely fought affair but based on current form it looks highly unlikely that Liverpool will be able to stop the United juggernaut from securing their tenth win on the spin.
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