Man United vs. Liverpool
Sunday, January 24, 2021 – 5pm (GMT)
FA Cup Fourth Round
Referee: Craig Pawson
When it rains, it pours.
Liverpool’s dreadful run of form continued on Thursday evening, as they not only lost 1-0 to Burnley, but also saw their long unbeaten home run come to an end.
It was arguably the most disappointing night of an increasingly worrying campaign, with Jurgen Klopp‘s champions looking devoid of energy, quality and confidence.
Liverpool have a great opportunity to bounce back this weekend, however, as they visit United for another quickfire meeting.
Last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Anfield was a drab affair, but a response is required from the Reds and Klopp may start to take the FA Cup more seriously now.
It is a competition that the German hasn’t shown a lot of love for in the past, but the thought of defeat against Liverpool’s biggest rivals, at the end of a bad week, doesn’t bear thinking about.
Dumping United out of the cup would go some way to repairing the damage done in recent weeks.
Liverpool’s injury woes still aren’t going away ahead of the game, with Jordan Henderson expected to miss out with a groin issue.
The skipper missed the Burnley match and will now be hoping to be back for the trip to Spurs next week.
United have no new injury problems to contend with, but like Liverpool, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sure to shuffle his pack.
Last 5 Away to Man United (All Competitions)
Drew 1-1 – October 2019 (Rashford; Lallana)
Drew 0-0 – February 2019
Lost 2-1 – March 2018 (Rashford x2; Bailly OG)
Drew 1-1 – January 2017 (Ibrahimovic; Milner pen)
Drew 1-1 – March 2016 (Martial pen; Coutinho)
Did You Know?
As mentioned, Klopp’s feelings towards the FA Cup have been made fairly clear down the years, with second-string teams and youngsters often fielded.
In fact, the Liverpool boss has never even made it into the quarter-finals, summing up how forgettable the Reds have been in the competition.
West Ham sent Klopp’s side packing in a fourth-round replay back in 2016, with Angelo Ogbonna scoring the winner in the final seconds at Upton Park.
The following year, Liverpool were dumped out at the expense of then-Championship side Wolves at Anfield, before losing at home to West Brom in 2018 – both were also in the fourth round.
Man United – Last five results (all competitions)
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking on Friday, Klopp was in no doubt that his side would be taking the match seriously, as they prepare to head down the M62:
“We want to win the game. It’s a cup game so the game will be decided that night and we want to win this game. That’s how we will make the lineup.
“It’s a different competition and we want to go through so we have to play really well.
“United is in a good moment, get all the results they want so far and so we have to be ready, 100 percent.”
TV & Liveblog Info
Man United vs. Liverpool kicks off at 5pm (GMT) and is live in the UK on BBC One. Coverage gets underway at 4.30pm.
Ben Twelves is in charge of This Is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, keeping you company from 4.15pm and providing regular updates.