Liverpool host Manchester United this weekend as the Premier League’s top two clash at Anfield.
United leapfrogged the champions on Wednesday as their win at Burnley took them three points clear at the top of the table.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool take on Ole Gunnar Solskjear’s Man United this weekend
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have only taken two points from their last three league games and lost to Southampton last time out.
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjear’s United are in fine form and will be confident heading to Merseyside.
A win for either team on Sunday will lay down a huge marker in the title race.
This match finished in a 2-0 win to Liverpool last season as Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah found the net.
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Liverpool v Man United: How to watch
This match will be held at Anfield on Sunday, January 17 and will kick-off at 4:30pm.
It is being broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm and follows their coverage of Sheffield United v Tottenham.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £8.99.
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Liverpool v Man United: Team news
Liverpool’s defensive issues are still dogging the club with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez remaining long-term absentees.
Joel Matip, though, is in a race against time to get fit for the match with Klopp saying ahead of the Reds’ FA Cup win over Aston Villa: “He is in a good way but if it will be United or a few days later, I don’t know.”
Konstantinos Tsimikas and Diogo Jota are both out due to knee injuries while Naby Keita is a doubt having not featured since starting the 7-0 win at Crystal Palace on December 19 due to a fitness issue.
Man United, meanwhile, have picked up issues of their own with Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial both looking in some discomfort against Burnley.
Matic carried on in a dominant display despite a groin issue, while Martial held his hamstring when he was replaced by Axel Tuanzebe.
The duo could miss out, along with Victor Lindelof, who is a doubt with a back issue.
Facundo Pellestri is absent after testing positive for coronavirus while Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones remain out.
Liverpool v Man United: What has been said?
Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “It’s a brilliant position to be in [at the top of the table].
“Of course we know we’re going to the champions, they’ve had an unbelievable three-and-a-half seasons so we know that’s going to be a difficult game for us but we’re ready for it.
“I think we couldn’t have asked for a better time to play them, because we’re in good shape, in good form, we’re hungry – that’s the big thing, these boys are hungry.
“They want to get better and that’s a test again, a test of character and a test of quality.”
Man United are currently top of the Premier League, replacing long-time rivals LiverpoolAFP
Liverpool v Man United: Match stats and facts
Liverpool have won their last two home Premier League games against Manchester United, last winning three in a row in March 2011.
Manchester United are winless in their last four Premier League games against Liverpool (D2 L2), their longest run without a win against their rivals since a run of five between March 2000 and January 2002.
Manchester United have had just 77 shots in their last 11 Premier League games against Liverpool, failing to register double figures for attempts since December 2014 (11). At Anfield, the Red Devils haven’t had as many as 10 shots since September 2013 under David Moyes (10).
Liverpool are winless in three Premier League games (D2 L1), failing to score in their last two. They last went four without a win in February 2017 (a run of five), while they’ve not failed to score in three consecutive league games since March 2005.
Liverpool lost their first league game of 2021 but haven’t started a calendar year with consecutive league defeats since 1993. However, the Reds are unbeaten in 67 home league games (W55 D12), finding the net in each of their last 42 at Anfield.
Manchester United will be top of the table going into a Premier League meeting with Liverpool for the first time since January 2013 under Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Red Devils going on to win the title in that campaign.
Liverpool had eight shots on target in their 7-0 victory at Crystal Palace last month (14 shots in total). In their three league games since, the Reds have managed just seven shots on target (from 45 in total), netting just one goal.
Manchester United have won none of their three league games against Liverpool with Ole Gunnar Solskjær as manager (D2 L1) – the only two Red Devils managers to fail to win their first four league games against Liverpool are John Chapman (1921-26) and Tommy Docherty (1973-76).
This will be Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp’s 200th Premier League game in charge – he’s won 127 of his 199 games so far, with only Jose Mourinho winning more of his first 200 in the competition’s history (137). Klopp is also the 10th manager to reach 200 top-flight games for Liverpool, with the German winning more of his first 200 than any of his predecessors.
Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford has scored three goals in his last four Premier League games against Liverpool, with these goals being worth four points to Manchester United. Only Wayne Rooney (6), Andy Cole (4) and Ryan Giggs (4) have scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool for the Red Devils.
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