Manchester United take on Liverpool on Monday night as the two fierce rivals collide in what could be their biggest meeting in years, with Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp set to meet in the Premier League for the first time since Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal.
Klopp’s Liverpool side have the chance to go top of the Premier League if results go their way, while United will be looking to try and draw level with Liverpool in their effort to break into the top four.
The clash is the first between the two sides to take place at Anfield since the new Main Stand was introduced, meaning there should be an added spice to the usual hostile reception that will greet United on Monday night. That said, both clubs have issued a joint statement urging fans not to chant offensive songs about the other club following previous issues between the two sets of fans.
The action on the pitch should ensure that any problems in the stands are put in the shade, with Liverpool’s attacking style set to poise United problems after their recent shaky form.
With Liverpool beating Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester this season, there are high hopes that the Reds can challenge for the Premier League title, but United will be determined to prove their credentials for top honours this season.
It’s a big game for...
Paul Pogba: The world’s most expensive player has shown signs of finding his feet at United, and after a match-winning performance for France in their World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands, he could thrive come Monday night. However, if he struggles with Liverpool’s high intensity and fast pressing system, he could find himself the target for fans should United come out on the wrong end of the result, such is the expectation on the £89m midfielder.
Liverpool injury news and suspensions
Liverpool injury news and suspensions
1/5 Mamadou Sakho - ankle
Sakho has recovered from his ankle injury but is still lacking match fitness having not played a single minute this season and fallen to the bottom of the pecking order of Klopp’s centre backs.
2/5 Adam Lallana 0 hamstring
Adam Lallana suffered a hamstring injury in the win over Swansea that resulted in the midfielder missing the international break. He is a doubt for the match against United.
3/5 Sheyi Ojo - back
Ojo is still in training after fracturing his back during Liverpool’s preseason tour.
4/5 Georginio Wijnaldum - hip
The midfielder picked up a knock while on international duty, but the club are optimistic he could recover in time to face United.
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5/5 Joe Gomez - achilles
Liverpool issued an update on Gomez’s recovery and have given him a return date of mid-October, meaning it will be over a year the 19-year has missed. He returned to training on 14 October.
Anthony Martial announced his arrival at United? The former Monaco forward’s first match for United came in a substitute appearance against Liverpool at Old Trafford. Despite having a large price-tag hanging over his head, he immediately settled into the side and scored the late goal that killed off a Liverpool comeback to spark delirious celebrations among the United supporters.
Player to watch...
Philippe Coutinho: Two goals in his last three outings sees Coutinho come into the match as Liverpool’s player to watch. The Brazilian has flourished playing behind Roberto Firmino, and has struck up a good understanding with summer signing Sadio Mane that proved a key factor in the recent dismantling of Chelsea and Hull.
Liverpool: Karius; Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Moreno; Henderson, Can, Milner, Coutinho, Mane; Firmino.
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Pogba, Herrera; Lingard, Mata, Rashford; Ibrahimovic.
Past three meetings...
Manchester United 1 (Martial) Liverpool 1 (Coutinho), Europa League, March 2016.
Liverpool 2 (Sturridge, Firmino) Manchester United, Europa League, March 2016.
Liverpool 0 Manchester United 1 (Rooney), Premier League, January 2016.
Manchester United: LLWWWD
Liverpool to win: 7/6
Manchester United to win: 5/2
(Odds provided by 888sport)
Kick-off: Liverpool vs Manchester United kicks off at 20:00 BST
TV: The match will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 from 19:00 BST, highlights on BBC One at 22:45 BST.Reuse content