Table-topper Liverpool will look to improve their dismal record at the Old Trafford when they take on a depleted Manchester United side for their ninth Premier League game of the season on Sunday.
In the Premier League era, the Reds have won on only five occasions at United’s home ground with the last coming in 2014. But they look all settled for a revival of fate with the odds heavily favouring them for an away victory. Having managed a 100% win record in the league so far, the Jurgen Klopp-led side would be looking to go all guns blazing against the 12th placed United.
For a team like United, the start to the season has been shaky to say the least and an away defeat of 1-0 to Newcastle United have left the Red Devils just two points safe off relegation. To add to their troubles, their two best players, goalkeeper David de Gea and midfielder Paul Pogba, will be out due to injury on Sunday.
Argentine goalie Sergio Romero will take De Gea’s place under the woods and can expect a busy day at the office against the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Firmino. The team from Anfield have been in a brutal goal-scoring form this season and have already scored 24, the highest in the league so far.
However, with positive news coming about the fitness of full-backs Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can heave a sigh of relief. Forward Anthony Martial could also be in contention for a place in the eleven after missing the last few games.
For Liverpool, the agenda remains the same which is to win the Premier League in any manner possible. After falling behind Manchester City by just one point, the Reds are looking rock-solid in their approach to not let it slip this time. With eight wins in as many games, they have extended their lead at the top by eight points from City’s 16 at second.
But United’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata sounded optimistic and believed the match against their age-old rivals could be a great opportunity for them to change the dynamic. “We are United, we are playing at home and we will give everything to be able to take the victory that our fans deserve in such a special game,” Mata was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters.