Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool will be looking for three points this Sunday to not only increase their stranglehold on top spot in the division but also to claim bragging rights against the old enemy.
Here's all you need to know ahead of what's always a red-letter day in the Premier League, Liverpool vs Manchester United at Anfield.
🗞 Team news
Fabinho and Joel Matip are likely to be in Liverpool's matchday 18, having returned to full training on Wednesday after respective ankle and knee injuries. James Milner, Dejan Lovren and Naby Keita will miss out.
For the visitors, key man and top scorer Marcus Rashford is a major doubt with a back injury that he sustained in United's 1-0 win over Wolves in a midweek FA Cup clash against Wolves. Luke Shaw is also a doubt with a hamstring issue. First choice central midfield duo Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba remain sidelined along with Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe. Eric Bailly, who recently signed a new contract with the Red Devils, could make the matchday party.
🤺 Form & head-to-head
If we're talking form, Liverpool is the hottest team in Europe at the moment by quite a distance. They're unbeaten in their last 38 Premier League matches, the third-longest run in the competition's history. Only Arsenal and Chelsea recorded longer undefeated sequences (49 and 40 matches respectively), both of which ended with away defeats to Manchester United.
Liverpool's last defeat at home in the English top-flight came in 2017 against Crystal Palace. Since then, they've gone 51 unbeaten at fortress Anfield and the most recent sequence of 18 matches there have all been Liverpool wins.
Curiously, Liverpool has only won once in their last 11 Premier League meetings with United and six of the last ten head to heads across all competitions have ended as draws.
🤨 Did you know?
- Mohamed Salah has failed to score or assist a goal in his four previous appearances against Manchester United.
- Liverpool's tally of 61 points is the highest any side has recorded after 21 games in any of Europe's top five leagues.
- Mason Greenwood has scored four Premier League goals this season - the last teenager to net more in a single campaign was Marcus Rashford, with five in 2016/17.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team are unbeaten against the top four sides in the league this season, beating Manchester City, Leicester and Chelsea and drawing with Liverpool.
- Each of United's last 15 Premier League goals has been scored by either Rashford (seven), Anthony Martial (five) or Greenwood (three).
Man United's front three have scored more goals than the front three of Liverpool this season pic.twitter.com/pfU5qYCDFu— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) January 16, 2020
Can Klopp's side improve a surprisingly poor recent record against their old foes and continue their march to the title? Anfield awaits.
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