MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Manchester United

It's a massive game for Liverpool on Thursday evening as Jurgen Klopp prepares his side for the first of two big clashes against rivals Manchester United in the Europa League. Liverpool enter this game on the back of a last minute win over Crystal Palace while United lost their most recent league game at the hands of West Brom.

The two clubs are steeped in history but have never met in European competition. The intense rivalry has always been present but as Manchester United have chipped away at Liverpool's title winning success there is one thing the Reds still hold over every club in England; European prowess. I don't mean to pile the pressure on but I'm pretty certain many Liverpool fans like myself will simply be unable to take a knockout.


Injuries

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon regular starter Lucas Leiva but the squad is otherwise strong with just long term injuries making the rest of the list. Louis van Gaal's side are somewhat worse off with Rooney, Jones, Young and Schweinsteiger all unavailable.

Previous Meetings

The last time the two sides met was in January this year, United nicked a win in the 78th minute thanks to Wayne Rooney, leaving Liverpool feeling pretty hard done by. The last win the Reds recorded over United at Anfield was in September 2013 after Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of the game just four minutes in.

Liverpool have recorded just two wins over United in their last ten meetings in all competitions. There have been no draws during that time leaving United with eight victories.

Form

In the league Liverpool have collected three wins out of their last five fixtures compared to United's two. Interestingly Klopp's side piled pressure onto United at the weekend after clinching victory over Palace and Liverpool now sit just three points behind van Gaal's side with a game in hand.

As we all know "form goes out the window" when it comes to a game like this but I do feel sometimes psychological factors can filter through. Liverpool have pounced on United's shoulder and after failing to storm to victory in the league cup final for Klopp, all eyes are on United, both in the league and in the Europa League so starting with a rare victory over bitter rivals on Thursday would be absolutely massive.

Betting

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Draw/Liverpool is at 4/1 at the minute for half time/full time betting and I quite like the look of that to be fair. I also quite fancy Firmino to bag another goal and his odds for first goalscorer are 6/1.

As for the correct scoreline, I seriously hope it isn't but I can see this being a draw. 1-1 is down at 11/2 while 2-2 is at 14/1.

Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!

P.s. Just a reminder that there will be no match report on the blog for this game as I'm off to Latvia for the weekend!

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