Manchester United will meet Liverpool in a mouthwatering clash this Sunday at Anfield as Klopp’s men are termed favourites.
Manchester United and Liverpool. Two footballing behemoths who have failed to emulate their past success in recent years. The Red Devils have had the upper hand in recent seasons under the iconic Sir Alex Ferguson but Jurgen Klopp looks to have restored Liverpool’s hopes and ambition. With the Merseyside club tipped to topple their bitter rivals this Sunday, Martin Keown has some advice for Jose Mourinho and his boys.
“A standout result this season”
Manchester United should take confidence from their victory against Juventus heading into the Liverpool clash according to the former Arsenal man. “I cannot see United beating Liverpool,” he told MailOnline.“But I could not see them beating Juventus, either. When you consider that this is one of the weakest Manchester United teams for years, that victory was the standout result of the season in Europe.”
“Liverpool are already 16 points ahead of United. Win, and it becomes 19,” Keown explained.“For Jose Mourinho, this game is as much about saving face as anything else. Manchester United’s defeat [against Valencia] stemmed from the fact that their manager did not give them the platform to perform. Looking at United’s tactics, it was hard to know what Jose Mourinho was trying to achieve.”
How do United beat Liverpool? – Analysis
Manchester United’s attack is very lopsided favouring the left side. This is not just a vague opinion as there are statistics back this claim, as presented by football writer, Mark Thompson. Thirty-six per cent of United’s shot assists come from either the left wing or the left halfspace.
The league average proportion is 25 per cent. United’s creation is focussed more than the league average, and the key passes that Liverpool face come in this area at a high proportion than the league average too.
The halfspace is the big area that can be exploited in this match, though. Liverpool’s injury problems play right into United’s hands. With Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip all out, the right side of the Reds’ defence will be bare bones.
Manchester United will have to be on the top of their game this Sunday to stand a chance to return with points. Jose Mourinho has managed to stifle Klopp’s Liverpool more than once. However, with the Reds currently topping the league, ahead of the impressive Man City, it might be a tough act to execute. It is safe to say Premier League fans will be counting down the hours to kickoff.
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