Liverpool’s top four ambitions will face a significant test when they visit Manchester United in the match of the Premier League weekend.
The defending champion’s place in next year’s Champions League sits in major doubt. After being toothless in defeat to Real Madrid, the Reds will start Sunday’s tie at the Theatre of Dreams with nightmares on their minds.
Liverpool are sixth with West Ham ahead of them albeit by a single point. Chelsea are fourth and four ahead. Leicester City have wrapped up third place.
With Chelsea hosting Fulham on Saturday, Liverpool could very well be seven off the pace by the time their 5:30pm kick-off rolls around.
The visitors enter the contest with two draws to show for their last 180 minutes. United, on the other hand, are flying and all signs are that they are getting better. Their dull draw against Leeds United was backed up by a 6-2 win over Roma in the Europa League.
Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer appears to have the recipe for success. He has managed to get Paul Pogba playing well regularly which goes nicely with the in-form Bruno Fernandes in midfield. Up front Marcus Rashford continues to play through the pain and together with Edinson Cavani there is plenty to be concerned about if you are a Liverpool fan.
The Reds, you will note, continue to field somewhat leaky defensive units as injuries woes continue well into the year.
While the Red Devils would love to eliminate Liverpool from the Champions League, there is another reason to win this one.
A seemingly predictable victory for Manchester City away to Crystal Palace means that Manchester United must avoid defeat if they want to keep title out of the clutches of their rivals for just another week.
Liverpool’s record at Manchester United is poor. They have won just once in their last 15 attempts.