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Frustrating Reds need a win vs. old foes – Man United vs. Liverpool Preview

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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)
Anfield
Premier League (34)
Referee: Michael Oliver


 

Team News

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 14, 2021: Liverpool's Nathaniel Phillips during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg game between Liverpool FC and Real Madird CF at Anfield. The game ended in a goal-less draw, Real Madrid won 3-1 on aggregate. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool‘s ludicrous injury problems at centre-back show no sign of going away, with Nat Phillips ruled out once again.

He joins Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip on the treatment table, although the latter has started running again, as he recovers from ankle ligament damage.

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.

Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson is still out, so Thiago and Gini Wijnaldum are likely starters, with James Milner, Curtis Jones and Naby Keita also options.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 20, 2021: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson looks dejected as he walks off injured during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 238th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. Everton won 2-0, the club’s first win at Anfield since 1999. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds’ attack misfired badly against Newcastle and it would be a surprise if Klopp started all four of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota at Old Trafford.

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)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 19, 2019: Liverpool's Adam Lallana celebrates after scoring the an equalising goal to level the score at 1-1 and help his side to continue their unbeaten start to the season during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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)

 

Old Trafford

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 19, 2019: A general view of Old Trafford ahead of the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Capacity: 74,140

*To be played behind-closed-doors

 

Did You Know?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 19, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (L) shakes hands with Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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.

 

Form

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 24, 2021: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino walks off dejected after his side concede a 95th minute equalising goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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)

Won 6-2 vs. Roma
Drew 0-0 vs. Leeds
Won 3-1 vs. Burnley
Won 2-0 vs. Granada
Won 3-1 vs. Tottenham

 

Klopp’s View

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

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 24, 2021: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp speaks ot the media after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Man United vs. Liverpool is a 4.30pm kickoff and is live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Coverage gets underway at 4pm.

Ben Twelves is in charge of This Is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, keeping you up-to-date on all the action here from 3.45pm.


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