Why it'll be hard for Liverpool to walk out of Old Trafford with a win

Why it'll be hard for Liverpool to walk out of Old Trafford with a win

Liverpool visits Old Trafford on Sunday evening in what is building up to be an exciting Premier League clash against one of their old foes in Manchester United. 

United are at their worst, almost on their knees in what has turned out to be their worst start to a new campaign in decades. 

Ole Gunnar's men find themselves on the bottom half of the table after eight games and on nine points, having won only two matches. 

In a season that started with a 4-0 thumping of one of the other top-four hopefuls in Chelsea, things have gone awry wrong in the last few weeks for the Reds, and the optimism has been replaced with a mixture of despair and hopelessness. 

To add salt to injury, United have been hit with a series of injuries to key players, and Solskjaer might be missing as many as 12 of his players for the clash. 

Flying Reds

Sunday's opponents, on the other hand, are flying. Eight wins out of eight even at times when they were at their worst shows how clear their intent is. 

After coming close to the title last season, The Reds seem like the team to beat this campaign, and rightly so, they have the ammunition within the team to guide them to that point. 

However, Klopp and company very well know that it will not be a walk in the park even with United on their knees to walk into Old Trafford and walk away with three points. 

They have done it this season, winning away at Chelsea, one of the traditional top-six teams, and will feel they can do it at their rivals again come Sunday. 

Here is why it will not be easy fo Jurgen Klopp's charges come Sunday. 

Recent record

Liverpool have failed to win at Manchester United in their last five attempts, drawing twice and losing thrice in what is United's best record against the Reds since 2000.

To put it rightly, Liverpool have won just once at Old Trafford this decade. In this particular match, a 3-0 win, Steven Gerrard scored two penalties and Luis Suarez scored the other goal during David Moyes' 10-month stay at the club.

Many might argue that the current United is even worse compared to Moyes' side, but the team has key strengths and it only needs the players to turn up and it'll be a different game altogether. 

Last season was a similar case when an injury-hit United took to the pitch, and the match ended in a stalemate as Jurgen Klopp, having his squad at full-strength failed to take maximum points. 

Klopp's poor record against United

Jurgen Klopp is arguably one of the best managers right now in world football. He proved it at Borrusia, and he has Liverpool playing at their best right now.

Even With his brilliance and achievements, Old Trafford has become a tough hunting ground for the German. He is yet to win a single match and that might not change.  

In 2016, before the two sides met in a Europa League clash, Klopp famously said United's superior record over Liverpool meant absolutely nothing, and he might hold that thought going into Sunday's match, hoping this is the day he gets his first win. 

The piling pressure 

Ole Gunnar and United are under immense pressure to turn the season around. The fans might not have turned against their team and the manager, but there is a growing concern if the results don't change for better soon. 

Rumour is already rife that United's top hierarchy is busy in the market to find Ole Gunnar's replacement.

But for all the work he did as caretaker manager and the project he is setting up, he might have some time on his hands to try to turn things around, but it does not take away the fact that they need to turn things around, and it would be befitting to do it against their perennial rivals. 

Liverpool vs United defence

Interestingly, United have one the best defences in the division this season, well, according to stats. They have conceded eight goals and far fewer chances in their opening eight matches.

The defense might get a further reprieve with the return of Aaron-Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw, who will add steel to a promising pairing of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire. 

Liverpool, on the other hand, is not the solid side they were last season, having conceded in many of their matches against far less formidable opponents. 

If the likes of Daniel James and Marcus Rashford, who loves scoring against the top six teams, turn up, they can be a nightmare for Klopp's defence. 

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