Liverpool vs Manchester united: All you need to know about the Match of the Reds
Date: 14 October 2017
Timing: 12:00 (CET), 5:30 (IST)
Broadcast: Star sports select 1, Sky Sports, BT sport, BBC sport, beIN sport
Live stream: beIN sports live, Hotstar, Sky sports live, NBC sport live, Sky Go
Venue: Anfield stadium
The most fierce rivalry in English football between Liverpool and Manchester United is about to stage itself at Anfield on Saturday in the afternoon kickoff.
26 miles separates these two cities of United Kingdom with a large piece of footballing history renewing itself each time when these two giants of the premier league engage their weaponry at each other twice in a season. This is the first rivalry of this season and it is sure it will be a cracking one. This is the fixture which fans worldwide mark on their calendars, free every task that time to sit in front of the TV or jostle inside pubs, wear their favourite team’s colour and travel in millions to witness one of the greatest clashes of world football.
At Anfield, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will compete a pack of assassins love to score goals for fun. Their rival the merciless Red devil will be a huge tester for Klopp to finally get something to their name.
The German coach is under intense pressure with his defensive solitudes and he is out of patience to give his back four some stability. It will hard for him to chalk out a well build plan for Mourinho’s United loving to thrash its opponents by scoring freely. Liverpool are hit by the news that Sadio Mane will be sidelined at least a month following his foot injury in his International venture with his nation Senegal. That is very upsetting because the stats shows that Liverpool have a poor win percentage without him. They also had won only once in last seven games. Liverpool’s defensive woos largely engraved in the fact that the German coach had failed to recognize a solid player in the center back role. Also that his rapid rotation in the back four has ceased in getting productive result.
However Liverpool will be happy with Coutinho, Firmino and Mo Salah are all ready to play premier league minutes and hopefully bring a good result at home. Without Mane, Oxlade Chamberlain may be handed in his full debut in Liverpool’s shirt.
If only Klopp can administered the gagonpressing tactics in a right direction, his team would give a hard pinch on the Manchester side.
But that is indeed very difficult as Jose Mourinho’s men slotted three plus goals in four of seven games. Their Summer investment in the squad also freed up dissatisfaction of the last season. The Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku has quickly adapted to the club which looked phenomenal going forward settling himself well in Jose’s full proof plan this season. The striker is also leading the top scorer chart with 7 goals so far and also verge of a record to score eight in opening same number of games. Though, it is a very long journey until May, Manchester United are dreaming to lift off the trophy coming that. This trip to Anfield is the first title crudential that stands in its way. Jose also have a strong bench unlike Liverpool to replace the injury concerns which include Fellani and Pogba. This is hard to believe that the team under the same manager dropped a total of 30 points last season. Sitting at the second United are looking serious contender now.
The major out of this fixture is ultimately the absence of Sadio Mane. The Senegalese will miss this crucial fixture with his leg injury and hope for the best for his team.
Dejan Lovren would make his return from injury after being featured in Croatia’s 2-0 win over Ukraine in the last qualifying game of their group.
Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallalana are still nursing their injury.
Maroune Fellani will miss out through hamstring injury and will join the list of concerns which include Pogba and Carrick.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Chamberlain, Henderson, Can, Salah, Firmino, Coutinho
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailey, Jones, Young, Matic, Herrera, Mata, Mkhitariyan, Rashford, Lukaku