Manchester United travel to Anfield on Saturday to face Liverpool in their first real test of the Premier League season.
The Red Devils have made a blistering start to the new campaign, sitting comfortably in second, level on points with leaders Manchester City.
Led by the superb Romelu Lukaku, Jose Mourinho has guided his men to six wins from their opening seven games but is yet to face one of the Premier League’s top sides.
Mourinho couldn’t have picked a better time to play the Reds due to their recent struggles following an excellent start under Jurgen Klopp.
Date: Saturday 14th October 2017
Time: 12:30pm kick-off
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool have won just one of their last seven games – the 3-2 victory over Leicester after failing to beat the likes of Burnley, Newcastle and Spartak Moscow.
Liverpool find themselves in a rare position heading the game as a home underdog.
United boast a staggering +19 goal difference, thanks to the form of Lukaku, and Liverpool’s defence has been a cause for concern again; conceding 12 goals already this season.
United are rightfully viewed as the favourites, but a trip to Anfield is never easy.
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Both squads have been hampered by injuries but United top the Premier League injury table with seven players out according to Physio Room.
The most notable absentee is ex-Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who has enjoyed his best start to a season in a United shirt. He will be unable to feature because of a ligament problem.
However, Mourinho is expected to have star striker Lukaku available despite the Belgian missing games on international duty. The Red Devils are monitoring an ankle problem, but he should pass a late fitness test.
Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are still out while there are concerns over Phil Jones and Michael Carrick.
Liverpool were dealt a massive blow over the international break with the news that Sadio Mane will miss six weeks with a hamstring problem he picked up with Senegal.
Mane has been one of Liverpool’s best players this season, and the Reds look a different side without the former Southampton winger on the team.
The game is likely to come too early for Adam Lallana who has only just returned to full training with Nathaniel Clyne also sidelined.
Liverpool’s Brazilian stars are expected to arrive back at Melwood just 48 hours before kick-off meaning Klopp could give Dominic Solanke his first start for Liverpool.
Liverpool: Mignolet; Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can; Coutinho, Firmino, Salah
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Darmian; Herrera, Matic; Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku
Stats and Facts
· Liverpool are unbeaten at Anfield this season (two wins, two draws) while are also unbeaten away from home this season (two wins, one draw)
· The last three meetings have all ended in a draw
· United have scored four goals in five of their last five games
· The last time Liverpool beat United at Anfield was back in 2016 in the Europa League when they won 2-0
· The Reds haven’t beat their rivals at home in the league since 2013
· Only Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has scored past United’s David De Gea this season
Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United
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