The two most popular clubs in English football will revive their rivalry when Manchester United and Liverpool meet at Old Trafford on Sunday. The hosts will practically seal a top-four spot next season with a win over their biggest rivals. Liverpool on the other hand has a long way to go to qualify for the Champions League.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds himself in an odd role going into Sunday’s visit to Liverpool after thrashing Roma 6-2 in their Europa League semi-final first-leg on Thursday.
- He may have rested key players like Bruno Fernandes here, but he may opt to play fringe players next Thursday instead now that the tie is all but over.
- Dean Henderson will almost definitely return to the starting lineup to face Liverpool. Eric Bailly is expected to make his first appearance for United since March.
- Jurgen Klopp hopes to reintroduce Fabinho to central midfield at Old Trafford on Sunday depending on Nat Phillips’ injury recovery.
- Curtis Jones came off the bench against Newcastle last weekend after recovering from an injury. Five Liverpool stars are now on the sidelines.
- One of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, and Diogo Jota could be dropped here after all started against Newcastle.
- Firmino and Mane have been ineffective in front of goal for some time, but Klopp is reluctant to dismiss any player due to his devotion to them.
- After last weekend’s draw with Leeds, Manchester United still have work to do to claim second place in the Premier League. With a top-four finish all but assured, their attention is now on winning the Europa League. It is unclear what kind of squad Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would field against Liverpool after such a convincing win over Roma on Thursday.
- For a long time, Liverpool has failed to maintain any kind of continuity. Their defense has been hurting them all season, and their attackers have been especially inefficient in front of goal hasn’t helped matters. In the Premier League in 2021, Jurgen Klopp’s side has scored just 17 goals from 267 attempts.
- It’s tempting to expect another stalemate given Man United’s recent history of 0-0 draws and Liverpool’s continuing goal-scoring woes, for Sunday’s match.
- Although we expect the spoils to be shared at the end of the match, we are looking for a more exciting match than the one that took place at Anfield in January.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane; Jota