With their top-four chances hanging by a thread, Liverpool have to beat rivals Man United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Man United vs. Liverpool
Saturday, May 2, 2021 – 4.30pm (BST)
Premier League (34)
Referee: Michael Oliver
Liverpool’s ludicrous injury problems at centre-back show no sign of going away, with Nat Phillips ruled out once again.
Phillips’ absence could mean that Rhys Williams is given his first start since the 1-0 defeat at home to Fulham in early March.
Fabinho is also an option at centre-back once again, but Liverpool are so much more effective when he is used in his preferred No.6 role.
Mane’s form is wretched, which could see him dropped to the substitutes’ bench, although Jota has struggled in recent weeks, too, not scoring in his last five appearances.
United may have one eye on their Europa League semi-final second leg clash with Roma next Thursday, but their 6-2 win in the first leg means the tie is all but done and dusted.
Solskjaer has no new injury problems ahead of Sunday’s game – Klopp must feel very envious!
Possible Man United XI: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, Fernandes; Greenwood, Pogba, Rashford
Last 5 Away to Man United (All Competitions)
Lost 3-2 – January 2021 (Greenwood, Rashford, Fernandes; Salah x2)
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)
*To be played behind-closed-doors
Did You Know?
Klopp has been a miracle worker during his time as Liverpool manager, transforming the club and winning two huge trophies.
The German has consistently struggled at Old Trafford, however, with performances often poor and a draw there in 2018/19 proving costly in the title battle with Man City.
In fact, Klopp is still waiting for his first win away to United, having taken six attempts to achieve that feat so far. It is the only Premier League ground he hasn’t won a match at.
Liverpool have drawn three and lost one of their four league visits to their rivals and they were beaten 3-2 in the FA Cup fourth round earlier this season.
A 1-1 draw in the Europa League in Klopp’s first season did secure qualification to the quarter-finals, though.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Drew 1-1 vs. Newcastle
Drew 2-2 vs. Leeds
Drew 0-0 vs. Real Madrid
Won 2-1 vs. Aston Villa
Lost 3-1 vs. Real Madrid
Won 3-0 vs. Arsenal
Man United – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking in his press conference on Friday, Klopp said that “both teams have to win it, (and) that’s a recipe for a good game,” praising United’s performance vs. Roma:
“They are good, especially when you let them do what they did after their half time talk.”
TV & Liveblog Info
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