Take 2 as Reds must end 2,615-day wait – Man United vs. Liverpool Preview

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Eleven days after the fixture was to take place, Liverpool will return to Old Trafford in a bid to keep their top-four hopes alive by plotting the downfall of Man United.

Man United vs. Liverpool

Thursday, May 13, 2021 – 8.15pm (BST)
Old Trafford
Premier League (35)
Referee: Anthony Taylor


And take two.

After the protests that took place nearly two weeks ago, Jurgen Klopp will finally see his side travel back down the M62 where he will hope to see a 2,615 day wait for a victory at Old Trafford end.

It hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Reds, but with their top-four hopes balanced on a knife-edge that will need to change come Thursday.

It’s an uphill battle but all Liverpool can do is keep the pressure on and hope others tumble while they stand tall, with only three games remaining after this contest.

Klopp’s men are unbeaten in their last five but need wins on the board now more than ever following Leicester’s win over United on Tuesday.

Into these, Reds!

 

Team News

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 20, 2021: Liverpool's Ozan Kabak 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 squad that overcame Southampton 2-0 last time out are all expected to be able to be called upon by Klopp, with four names still under doubt.

Prior to kickoff over the weekend, four new injuries were reported to Ozan Kabak, James Milner, Naby Keita and Ben Davies – all of whom remain doubts five days on.

It will give Klopp food for thought, however, as to whether he persists with Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips at the back or drops Fabinho into the position with United not short on pace.

Roberto Firmino will stake a claim for a return to the XI after being rested against the Saints, while Curtis Jones could be in the frame for his first start since the defeat to Chelsea at the start of April.

 

Last 5 Away to Man United (All Competitions)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 24, 2019: Manchester United's Luke Shaw (L) and Liverpool's captain James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (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

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 24, 2021: A general view before the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Capacity: 74,140

*To be played behind-closed-doors

 

Did You Know?

Mane and Salah (Image: Michael Regan/PA Wire/PA Images)

Over the period of four seasons together, Liverpool’s front three have combined for just four goals against Man United across all competitions.

That accounts for a total of 22 games between them in that time, with Mohamed Salah leading the charge with three – two of which were scored in the FA Cup meeting back in January.

It’s not a generous tally and with goals elsewhere in short supply, they need to discover their goalscoring boots for this one.

 

Form

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, May 8, 2021: Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara (L) celebrates with team-mate Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' after scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 2-0 vs. Southampton
Drew 1-1 vs. Newcastle
Drew 1-1 vs. Leeds
Drew 0-0 vs. Real Madrid
Won 2-1 vs. Aston Villa

Man United – Last five results (all competitions)

Lost 2-1 vs. Leicester
Won 3-1 vs. Aston Villa
Lost 3-2 vs. Roma
Won 6-2 vs. Roma
Drew 0-0 vs. Leeds

 

Klopp’s View

There was a lot of interesting topics discussed in Wednesday’s press conference, ranging from Man United‘s team selection vs. Leicester, Virgil van Dijk not going to the Euros in the summer, to congratulating Man City on their title win.

 

TV & Liveblog Info

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) fist bumps Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) before the Emirates FA Cup fourth round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: Sunday January 24, 2021.

Man United vs. Liverpool kicks off at 8.15pm (BST) and will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage from 8pm.

Henry Jackson will keep you informed and entertained throughout all the action on our usual matchday live blog here, starting from 7.30pm.

Inspired by Shankly’s 1964 season and made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, the new Liverpool home kit for 2021/22 is out now!

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