With the Premier League (PL) title, UEFA Champions League, and FA Cup to chase, each recreation will really feel like a last for Liverpool to any extent further, with a historic quadruple nonetheless a risk. An undefeated league begins to 2022 and has dragged them again into this title race (W10, D2 – together with eight clean sheets), and their 32-point haul is unsurprisingly the PL’s greatest because of the flip of the 12 months.
Now a conflict in opposition to outdated foes Manchester United – who Liverpool is unbeaten in opposition in seven PL H2Hs (W4, D3) – might take them one step nearer to top-flight glory.
The league’s highest scorers (79) additionally boast the perfect house defense, conceding simply seven objectives at Anfield all season! That’s been a giant purpose why they’ve been so dominant on Merseyside, profitable their final ten PL matches at Anfield whereas outscoring their opponents 29-2 throughout that point. All of that act as the perfect preparation to welcome rivals United, conscious a victory wouldn’t solely hand Liverpool the bragging rights, but in addition, see them finish the day as PL leaders for the primary time since October 1st.
United’s uncomfortable 3-2 win over Norwich would have completed little to alleviate some followers’ frustrations as pre-match protests in direction of the membership’s house owners overshadowed that victory. Solely as soon as earlier than have the ‘Pink Devils’ had much fewer factors after 32 PL video games than their present tally of 54 factors (52 – 2019/20), subsequently a powerful finish to the season will likely be wanted to get followers again on the aspect.
It’s onerous to see how that upturn begins right here at Anfield primarily based on the type of each side, notably with Ralf Rangnick’s males having suffered defeat in every of their final two-league street journeys. After their 5-0 drubbing in October’s reverse fixture, revenge would possibly give United the motivation they should pull off a shock win and eventually finish a winless five-game PL away run in opposition to Jürgen Klopp’s males (D3, L2) which stretches again to January 2016.
Gamers to look at: Though he’s with no purpose in eight appearances, Mohamed Salah tends to return alive on this fixture for Liverpool with eight purpose contributions (G7, A1) throughout his final 5 H2H matches. In the meantime, United will look to Bruno Fernandes to make some magic after he scored three of his final 4 PL video games on the street.
Scorching stat: Ten of Liverpool’s 12 house PL wins this season have come by a 2+ purpose margin, probably the most wins by that nature throughout Europe’s top-five leagues (tied with PSG).
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