We are just days away from what Sky have dubbed Manchester v Merseyside. But never mind the outrageous levels of hype the Sky lads like to whip up. Man United v Liverpool at 4pm on Sunday could actually be a decent game. Both sides are on spanking form, United have won nine in a row and Liverpool are mounting a very real title challenge.
Making Sunday’s game perhaps the most hotly contested fixture between these two in recent years, and both managers will be sweating over their starting line ups until the very last minute.
We have revised a post initially done for ‘Red Monday’ to see which united players would get into Klopp’s starting 11. Do you agree with our selections?
Let’s be honest, what Premier League side couldn’t De Gea stroll right into? United fans are still praying to that dodgy fax machine every night before bed.
The Spaniard has saved The Reds’ blushes in crucial games more times than you can count, including conjuring an unbelievable save in the FA Cup semi-final last season, denying Romelu Lukaku from the penalty spot.
The jury still out on Loris Karius, who was signed during the summer to provide some stability where Simon Mignolet so often fails, but neither keepers are a match for De Gea.
Despite having a slow start to the season, Pogba has been an integral part of United’s current unbeaten run. He is now on four goals and three assist for the season and gets into Liverpool’s starting team for his creativity and guile on the ball.
Compare that to Gini Wijnaldum at Liverpool who has contributed a respectable two goals and two assists. The Dutch man has impressed Klopp enough to start all of Liverpool’s last 10 games.
However, according to Whoscored stats, Pogba has made more Key passes, completed more dribbles and has registered more shots on target than Liverpool’s number 5. For those reasons he gets the nod ahead of the former Newcastle man here.
Liverpool do have the best attacking record in the league and tampering with that could be seen as a rash move. But if Zlatan was at Klopp’s disposal would he pick him? You’d have to say he would.
The major concern when he joined the red devils was his advancing years and a decline in his abilities. Zlatan has scored 18 goals for United so far, with 13 coming in the league. Which is three more than any Liverpool player has managed this season.
Whilst attackers Mane, Lallana and Firmino have all players well, Zlatan’s direct challengers for a starting place, namely Origi and Sturridge, have just the six goals between them so far this season.