Club football is set to resume following the international break with a big Premier League clash. Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield. The huge historic rivalry between the two will open up a new chapter, Klopp vs Mourinho. Both sides need a win at all costs if they are to keep up with Manchester City’s pace but which side is the favorite to win ahead of the game?
United have a crucial week ahead of them. Jose Mourinho’s side will face Liverpool, Fenerbahce and Chelsea in one tight-scheduled week. A win against the Reds could help United build momentum but a loss could demoralize the Red Devils. Mourinho really cannot afford to drop points again especially this early in the season. The international break came at a bad time for United, it was right after a 1-1 draw with Stoke City that left them five points behind pace-setters Manchester City. Now an away win at Anfield is a must at all costs.
On the other hand, Liverpool have been the best team in teams of creativity and goal-scoring chances but their defensive record has put them down to fourth in the league but enough to keep them three points above United. iverpool have created a massive total of 112 goalscoring opportunities in their seven matches so far this season, which is a massive 19 more than any other side. Scoring goals has not been an issue at all this season for them. Their problem has been in failing to keep a single clean sheet so far.
United’s success this season depends on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s success on the field. After all, Mourinho is building his team around Ibra who is better physically equipped than Wayne Rooney to take on opponents in the final third. The Swede had a pretty impressive start to the season notching six goals in 11 games but he scored only once in the past 470 minutes of football and that was against Zorya in the Europa League. Liverpool’s porous defence could be a chance for Zlatan to return to scoring ahead of United’s big week.
On the other hand, United’s defensive record is just slightly better than that of Liverpool. United have only kept three clean sheets so far this season against Zorya, Southampton and Hull City. It is highly unlikely that the Red Devils can stop Liverpool from scoring. Therefore, the only way one of the two teams can win is by trying to score as many goals as possible.
The pair have won 38 English titles between them making them English football’s biggest two in terms of history, but recent years have shown that new forces are dominating the scene. The two sides are hoping for a different season, one that ends with a title. A win is a must for either of the two on Monday night but which sides wants it more?