Old rivals Liverpool and Manchester United are up against each other in the Premier League with both sides having contrasting season goals.
Liverpool are back in the Premier League after their recent success in Champions League and FA Cup ties. The wounded giants of English football and Liverpool’s arch-rival, Manchester United will be back at Anfield for the Tuesday night game.
Liverpool vs Manchester United: Preview
Even though the Reds’ game against Man City is considered the biggest game in English football lately. But the ultimate and fearsome rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United is unmatchable.
There was a time when these games between the two were more than just the game. Both sets of players, managers and supporters take pride in giving blood and sweat for the victory in this fixture.
But fast forward to 2022, the world no more describes Manchester United as Liverpool’s biggest rivals. It is the Red Devils’ neighbours who are being labelled as the ultimate challenger for Klopp’s Liverpool.
But believe it or not, this is the ultimate fixture where defeating Manchester United, Liverpool fans take ultimate pride in it.
Liverpool and Manchester United are having contrasting goals to achieve at the end of the season. The Reds who have already bagged the EFL Cup, are now eyeing the remainder of the three competitions.
The Merseyside club are on the verge of achieving the unprecedented “Quadruple”. Having made it into the Champions League semis, booked a spot in the FA Cup final and just a mere point adrift of Man City in the league standings, the Quadruple surely looks like a possibility this time.
On the other hand, the Red half of Manchester isn’t the Manchester United we have grown up watching. Even though it is the biggest English club, the club’s on-field performances have somewhat lost their identity.
Manchester United have its eyes on finishing the season in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League. But interestingly, as the title race between Liverpool and City is neck to neck, similarly the race for finishing in the top four is definitely going into the wire.
Manager Ralf Ragnick has a big task ahead, for the Red Devils to finish the season on a high note. And one man, who is often labelled as a problem at Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo has frequently turned out to be the solution.
Ronaldo who scored his 60th career hat trick recently, definitely needs to rescue United’s sinking ship, as he has been doing so far this season alone.
Just a gentle reminder, the last time both sides met, Liverpool thrashed Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford. Pretty sure, United fans looking for revenge but the away side are yet to register a win at Anfield in any competition since 2016.
Liverpool incredibly have a fully fit squad at their helm, only Diogo Jota was handed a slight scare ahead of the FA Cup tie. But the forward was fit enough to come on as a substitute.
Klopp is surely to shuffle the pack, as Joel Matip is expected to return to the starting eleven replacing Ibrahima Konate.
Captain Jordan Henderson, should also come back into the starting birth ahead of Naby Keita in midfield. Meanwhile, Roberto Firmino who is in good touch after his brace against Benfica last week should form the deadly trio alongside Salah and Mane.
Liverpool’s possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Liverpool vs Manchester United: What Anfield Home Predicts
Well, 5-0 looks unlikely, but what if it happens again?
Even though Cristiano Ronaldo’s individual brilliance last week, got the win over the relegation-threatened side Norwich but the 37-year-old cannot do it alone against the mighty Liverpool.
Liverpool’s rampant attackers are sure to expose United’s defense. Certainly, it would take a miracle for Manchester United to take something out of the game.
Liverpool looks very likely to prevail over Manchester United with a 3-1 win.