Liverpool v Manchester United preview
So we need to talk about Liverpool. There were signs last season that Jurgen Klopp’s side could wipe the floor with some of the best teams in the land, although they look ready to do this on a consistent basis this time around.
Liverpool are second favourites to win the Premier League title despite sitting fourth in the table, with the bookies feeling as though the Reds offer the strongest challenge to a Manchester City side who lost 2-0 at White Hart Lane before the international break.
The Merseyside team have only played twice at Anfield thus far, putting Leicester and Hull to the sword by 4-1 and 5-1 scorelines respectively. Both visiting teams were unable to cope with the way that Liverpool moved the ball at pace.
There have been other impressive displays which have seen Liverpool win at the Emirates and Stamford Bridge, although they did have flat spots in both of those games and Klopp’s men were also pretty flat in the first half at Swansea a fortnight ago before stepping up through the gears after the interval.
Liverpool are 2.21 with Unibet to win Monday night’s clash against Manchester United and punters can decide whether that’s a value proposition. Gini Wijnaldum appears likely to miss the clash with a hamstring injury although Emre Can is effectively a like-for-like swap for the Dutchman.
Adam Lallana would be a bigger miss in the middle of the park, something which would see Roberto Firmino drop back into the attacking three and allow Daniel Sturridge or Divock Origi to operate as a lone forward.
The fact that this match takes place after an international break is never ideal, with Liverpool’s momentum broken up and the Brazilian pair Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have endured long journeys to South America and back.
Jose Mourinho will certainly be encouraged by the prospect of playing the game at this time. Manchester United might not have been overly impressive so far although they played very well against Stoke last time out and the 1-1 draw was no reflection of the play.
United have won two of their three away matches, coming a cropper at Watford after victories at Hull and Bournemouth. It’s a big game for Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera who will be expected to break up the opposition play, while Wayne Rooney will hope for a recall as part of an attacking trident behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Paddy Power go as big as 3.75 about a win for the Red Devils and they did win this fixture last season. Mourinho will have studied the way in which Liverpool play and he’ll be encouraged by the fact that the Reds haven’t kept a clean sheet so far this term.