The classic between the two biggest trophy winners in the Premier League opens this Saturday, October 14, the eighth round of the 2017/2018 Premier League season. From 8:30 a.m. on Anfield Road, the pressed Liverpool will receive undefeated Manchester United. The classic between the two biggest trophy winners in the Premier League opens this Saturday, October 14, the eighth round of the 2017 season / 2018 of the Premier League. From 8:30 am (Anfield Road), the pressed Liverpool will receive unbeaten Manchester United.
Liverpool’s recent performance
The Liverpool Reds make a campaign that can only be called discreet at the start of the season. They added 12 points (three wins, three draws and one loss). Just enough to put the team in seventh position. Too little for a team is considered a title contender.
Known for putting his teams in an offensive formation and intense pace of competition, coach Jurgen Klopp certainly realized that the failed defensive system has been the main factor so that his team does not figure in the first places. Liverpool suffered 12 goals in the first seven rounds. He has the most leaked defense against the top ten. The attack has even yielded an acceptable yield. With 13 goals scored is the fourth best in the Premier League.
However, against United, the German coach will have to deal with a major absence. Senegalese Sadio Mané (five matches in the 2017/2018 English League season, three goals) should be out of action for approximately 45 days. He suffered a thigh injury in the match in which his team beat Cape Verde on Saturday, October 7, 2-0, for the African qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
For the departure of this Saturday is likely that Klopp has a reinforcement for the midfield. Adam Lallana, who has not yet played official matches in the season, is in the final stages of recovery from muscle damage. He moved from the medical department to the transition phase. It depends on the improvement of your physical conditioning to be available to the technician. However, even if it receives the green light from doctors, being out of play since the beginning of August should be at most related to the reserve bank.
The current form of Manchester United
Defense is no problem for the Manchester Reds. Those led by Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho did not score even in the last three matches. Taking into account the seven rounds, they were leaked only twice.
As the attack has produced very well, having rocked the network of opponents in 21 opportunities, the team is at the tip of the English Championship with 19 points (six games and a draw). The score is the same as its biggest rival, Manchester City, which, however, is in the top position for having slightly higher goals (20 to 19).
On the eve of the classic, Mourinho received good news. His top scorer, Romelu Lukaku (seven-goal scorer in seven matches in the English Premier League season 2017/2018) proved to be recovering from an ankle injury he suffered while training with his national team. He made that clear when he scored one of the goals of the Belgian win 4-0 against Cyprus on Tuesday 10 October.
The two weeks without matches could also have allowed French midfielder Paul Pogba (four games, two goals) to hasten his recovery from muscle damage. He has been out of United’s last five matches and can not be called in to defend his squad in the two final group matches of the European qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in France. According to the English news reports, would be able to play on Saturday. However, if it is related, it could not be considered a surprise. Mourinho has already climbed in previous opportunities players who were in the ratio of injured.
A player with fundamental status in Mourinho’s tactical scheme, midfielder Marouane Fellaini was also handed over to the medical department. However, he was called up by the Belgium squad and played 28 minutes in a 4-3 victory against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday, 7 October. He suffered a knee injury and was out of the game against Cyprus. So he will need to go through a new assessment to see if he can be scaled to face Liverpool.
History of the matches Liverpool vs Manchester United
The last three editions of the classic ended in equality. For the English Championship in the season 2016/2017, by 0 to 0 in Liverpool and 1 to 1 in Manchester.