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Liverpool vs Manchester United Prediction & Match Preview

Liverpool vs Manchester United
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 17 January 2021
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Anfield.

There will be fireworks when Liverpool and Manchester United face each other in the Premier League derby on Matchday 19.

The Reds defeated Aston Villa’s youngsters in the FA Cup at the weekend, and they are now on a quest to put an end to their three-match winless run in the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp’s troops are determined to regain top position in the standings, but defensive duo Van Dijk – Gomez will once again be sorely missed.

The Red Devils, on the other hand, look unstoppable at the moment, with the team eyeing their fourth consecutive league win.

Since Man Utd will go for a win in Sunday’s derby as well, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score.

The good news for the visitors is that Victor Lindelof should recover in time to face Liverpool in the Premier League derby.

Liverpool vs Manchester United: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Liverpool Manchester United played so far 52 matches.
Liverpool won 19 direct matches. Manchester United won 24 matches. 9 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.37 goals per Match.

Liverpool vs Manchester United Prediction

Liverpool in actual season average scored 2.41 goals per match. In 11 (84.62%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (61.54%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Manchester United average scored 2.00 goals per match in season 2021. In 12 (85.71%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 12 (85.71%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Klopp has refused to rule out the prospect of Joel Matip returning in time for this match, with the centre-back set to return to training ahead of the contest.

The German's pre-match press conference appeared to suggest a reluctance to throw Matip straight back into the fold so, despite Liverpool's shortage at centre-back, he may only be fit enough for a place on the bench from the start.

Klopp also talked up the importance of having Jordan Henderson in midfield and so it is likely that either Nat Phillips or Rhys Williams will fill in alongside Fabinho at centre-back rather than the skipper being called upon as an emergency option again.

The pace in Manchester United's attack means that either option could be exploited, but Phillips appears to be just ahead of Williams in the running should one of them be needed.

Naby Keita has been ruled out as Klopp exercises caution over the midfielder's return, while Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas also remain sidelined.

Four months after joining, Thiago Alcantara is in line to finally make his Anfield debut for Liverpool.

Manchester United also have defensive injury concerns, with Brandon Williams and Phil Jones having been ruled out and Victor Lindelof still doubtful with a back problem which has seen him miss the last three matches.

The Swede could be back in contention for this one, but even so Solskjaer could choose to stick with the Harry Maguire-Eric Bailly partnership which has grown in recent outings.

Anthony Martial will undergo a late fitness test after limping off against Burnley with a hamstring injury, while Nemanja Matic must also prove his fitness due to a slight groin problem.

If fit, Martial could replace Edinson Cavani through the middle, which could in turn open the door for a rejuvenated Paul Pogba to move further upfield or Mason Greenwood to come into the starting XI.

Fernandes is a guaranteed starter, fresh off becoming the first player in the English top flight to be named Player of the Month four times in a single calendar year.

Marcus Rashford will also be hoping to extend a good recent record against Liverpool, having scored three goals in his last four league games against the Reds and earning his side four points in the process.

Amad Diallo provides a new option for the visitors too, with Solskjaer refusing to rule out the prospect of the January arrival being involved on Sunday.

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Martial