José Mourinho has a pretty decent record going up against Liverpool at Anfield, having lost just three times in ten visits. One of those recent visits was a rather painful one for Liverpool supporters to remember, it having been the occasion on which the 2013-14 title challenge faltered. In the league, Manchester United claimed all six points against their Merseyside rivals last season, though Liverpool were able to claim victory in the first ever European tie between these two heavyweights in the course of their Europa League campaign.
With a win, Jürgen Klopp’s side have the opportunity to go level with the league leaders on points. After some early season inconsistencies, United are not far behind and will be looking to claw themselves back into the top four picture with a surprise victory against an in-form Liverpool. Because Mourinho’s men have not had to take on many of the title challengers or top four contestants until now, there is a sense that avoiding defeat will be a priority, especially with more challenges on the horizon. Former United player and current pundit Gary Neville senses this too, noting that "it feels like a bigger game for United than it does for Liverpool."
For Liverpool (4-2-3-1):
Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner
Mané, Firmino, Coutinho
With Dejan Lovren having shaken off a minor knock sustained against Swansea City, the back four will likely have a familiar look, with Loris Karius the sole starter around whom there are any questions marks at all - and those are arguably the product of early season hysteria. Elsewhere, although the convalescents Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana have "not been ruled out" for the Monday fixture, Klopp has shown this season that he has faith in his squad depth, and will not risk a player unless he is sure fitness is not a concern.
The availability of Wijnaldum and Lallana would allow Klopp to field a side which he has favored in recent weeks, but if they remain unavailable, we may see Emre Can returning to the midfield in what will likely be a bruising encounter, and Daniel Sturridge may get another chance to start up top. Danny Ings, who has been in lethal form while on assignment with the U-23s, may yet have an opportunity to take the field if he makes it to the bench.
For Manchester United, a relatively unblemished injury situation means Ibrahimovic will likely be the point of the spear, with Lingard, Mata and Rashford operating just behind. Human riddle-wrapped-in-a-mystery-buried-in-an-enigma Wayne Rooney will no doubt once again elicit questions. He was dropped from the England starting XI only for England to promptly fall back into a Hodgsonian torpor, so who knows what Mourinho will have in mind for Rooney.
Kickoff is set for 20:00 BST/ 15:00 EST tomorrow on Sky Sports 1 in the UK and NBC Sports Live/NBCSN in the US. Elsewhere, Optus Sport in Australia, TSN2 in Canada, Star Sports Select HD1 in India, Stöð 2 Sport in Iceland, Astro SuperSport 3 in Malaysia, and 102 (HD) mio Stadium in Singapore are scheduled to carry the match, subject to local changes. You can find full listings at Livesoccer.tv.
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