It is back to business as usual across the various leagues in the world after the international break and this page couldn’t have featured a better piece than Liverpool’s crunch lunchtime tie with Manchester United on Saturday in the Premier League.
It is of no gainsay that the two clubs hold, arguably, the oldest rivalries in the world of football. A shaky Liverpool face a red-hot Man United firing on all cylinders at Anfield this weekend, in a match which Jurgepn Klop needs to and must avoid defeat.
Defeat to Man United on Saturday, after a run of four league games and seven across all competitions with just one win could see Jurgen Klopp equal the record that got Brendan Rodgers sacked as Liverpool boss two years ago.
A repeat of which would put Klopp under heavy scrutiny. Rodgers was shown the exit door after a 1-1 draw at Everton which left the Red Devils in the 10th position after eight games and on 12 points in the 2015/2016 season.
Man United’s game is their eighth this season and with the devastating 5-0 loss to last month is still fresh in the memory, this weekend’s game is a must win for the German coach and his players.
Though the former Borussia Dortmund coach enjoys undivided support from the fans, he could find himself under serious pressure sooner than expected if results remain the same. Into his second full season as the Reds boss, Klopp has guided them back into the Champions League and two cup finals, his team play entertaining football but results speak far better than that and are much more needed.
And it is rather unfortunate that the inconsistencies and problems that were on ground when he arrived have remained unsolved.
It is certain that Klopp is under more pressure than Jose Mourinho to get a good result on Saturday. And injury to star striker Saido Mane has done nothing to help Klopp’s course to avoid defeats. The Senegalese injured his hamstring while on international duty for his duty during the break and will be out for around six weeks.
Liverpool are weaker in attack without the forward, not to talk of their defense that have shamefully shipped in 14 goals, with no clean sheets, a manifestation of his failure to sign a quality defender during transfer window.
Liverpool’s attack of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah is number one in the Premier League.
It remains a fact that the physique of Romelu Lukaku, the pace and threat of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will cause a lot of problems for the Reds defence, not forgetting that records favour Mourinho as he has only lost once at An field, winning three and drawing two.
Man United have really progressed under Mourinho and the two clubs are miles apart with United already favoured to win the game this
Below is how Liverpool are expected to lineup against the Red Devils at Anfield in 4-2-3-1 order:
Mignolet; A.Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Can, Henderon, Coutinho; Salah, Sturridge, Firmino