Reds Prepare For Old Trafford
Liverpool make the short trip to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as the two titans of English football prepare to meet for the 163rd time in the league. The two sides are far from titanic at the moment though as both Brendan Rodgers and Louis van Gaal have struggled to get their seasons underway.
Whilst Manchester United have come into a bit of form, Liverpool are still struggling after being knocked out of the Champions League by Basel on Tuesday night.
Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without long term absentees Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan. Positively for the Reds though Kolo Toure, Adam Lallana and Mario Balotelli are all believed to be available for tomorrow's game.
For Manchester United they are without Chris Smalling, Angel di Maria and Luke Shaw. Already struggling with injury problems, the missing Angel di Maria is a big problem for manager Louis van Gaal.
The last time the two sides met was in March this year. Liverpool won the game 3-0 at Old Trafford after two Steven Gerrard penalties and a Luis Suarez goal. In the last eight meetings in all competitions between the two sides there have been no more than three goals scored.
It's always a pretty close affair in general when Liverpool and Manchester United line up against each other. Past meetings are sprinkled with 2-1's and 1-1's and I wouldn't be surprised if the result is similar tomorrow.
Liverpool currently find themselves 9th in the table and seven points behind Manchester United who are in 3rd. The Reds have won two games out of their last six, losing three and drawing one in the process. United however have won five out of their last six, losing just one game. Four out of United's five wins have been secured by just one goal.
- Liverpool have conceded 13 goals in seven away games so far this season.
- Manchester United have won five league games in a row for the first time since Fergie retired.
- Mario Balotelli scored twice against United in his last league appearance against them for Man City.
I asked you for your scored predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received:
@LFCKirstyLFC 1-2 LFC
— Daniel Sturridge (@DanceSturridge) December 13, 2014
@LFCKirstyLFC 2-1 loss or 1-1 can't see us winning
— Julien (@King_Julien1984) December 13, 2014
@LFCKirstyLFC 1-0 win morenoI'm hoping we might just be able to nick a 2-1 win tomorrow but in all honesty I think we're going to get beat. A lot of it depends on the starting XI Rodgers decides to go with and at the moment there's no telling what that will be.
— Choong-Hyun Lee (@LeeBlinder91) December 13, 2014
Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!