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These two couldn’t be separated when they meet a week ago as they played out a goalless stalemate at Anfield.
United were well organized at the back and carved out the slightly better openings going forwards, but didn’t really do enough to deserve more than the point.
There’ll be a lingering frustration that they were unable to capitalize on Liverpool’s injury woes, but back at Old Trafford they’ll fancy themselves to manage at least a point.
In fact, the Red Devils have lost just one of 14 matches with Liverpool on home turf since Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres terrorized them back in March 2009.
They’re unbeaten in seven encounters here since 2014/15, though four of five meetings from the point of Jurgen Klopp’s arrival in the Premier League have ended in stalemates.
Those expecting a firecracker this time around may have to think again as this fixture has largely failed to ignite in recent times.
10 of 12 head-to-heads at either venue since Klopp took the Liverpool job have seen fewer than three goals, including all four against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Norwegian’s current post.
Klopp fielded midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in defence a week ago, but while the former has made a smooth transition to the back, the captain is a makeshift option there and both are missed in the middle of the park.
The visitors do at least have the injury prone Joel Matip back in the fold, with the centre-back Liverpool’s best player in the dispiriting defeat hosting Burnley midweek.
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Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten run at Anfield in the Premier League came to an end with that result, but more alarming is their form overall and in particular their inability to find the net.
The Reds have won just one of their past six outings (W1-D3-L2) when it took them until the second half to assert dominance over Aston Villa’s kids, as the senior camp was hit by an outburst of coronavirus.
Aside from that fixture, Liverpool have gone four games without a goal now, while Man Utd have become more solid at the back with Eric Bailly pushing Victor Lindelof hard for a first team place and Luke Shaw recapturing some form.
Solskjaer’s men have registered clean sheets in three of their last four outings, and while it remains to be seen how strong the line-ups will be with both managers primarily focused on the title race, Man Utd certainly appear to have momentum building.
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The hosts have now won eight of their past 11 outings, scoring 20 goals, as only Man City were able to beat them in the League Cup.
However, Pep Guardiola’s side and Leicester have also taken a point each from Man Utd in the league since the start of December, while Liverpool are still hanging in games despite the downturn in performances and results.
Five of the visitors’ past eight road trips have ended in stalemates, with one of the exceptions that clash with Villa’s youngsters, so extra time or penalties may be needed here.