Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Stats point against Manchester United pulling off victory at Liverpool

Stats point against Manchester United pulling off victory at Liverpool

"That is how strong these two teams are this season".

Riise played in 16 encounters between Liverpool and United during his seven-season stay at Anfield.

United have not lost to Liverpool in the league since David Moyes was in charge and the Reds were battling for the title under Brendan Rodgers, but they go into Sunday's game as heavy underdogs. I don't know if it was better or not better; I know the other team was European champion and that this team won nothing.

Jose Mourinho, whose side travel to face Liverpool at Anfield today, is one of the names Inter chief Giuseppe Marotta is considering along with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte should they not extend Spalletti's contract which runs out at the end of the season.

United are second best to Liverpool in nearly every department this season - even though there is a significant amount of potential - that is underused (or misused rather?) by Jose Mourinho in the last 6-8 months.

"We know that we are going to play against the leaders, against a team on a high, but we have our qualities, we have our potential", he said.

They finished second, however, by virtue of defeating the Italian side 1-0 in their final group game, while City topped Group F, collecting 13 points from six games, while second-placed Lyon took just eight.

While the winter transfer window offers the teams a chance to get reinforcements and bolster their ranks, it also affords them the opportunity to offload some deadwood and free up their wage bills.

The Red Devils have scored 28 goals in 16 Premier League games this season and conceded 26, just two shy of the 28 they conceded in the whole of last term. "I think Jurgen said already their objective is to win the Premier League".

"All of them didn't train [on Thursday] and [on Friday] there will be a little - I don't want to say test - but a little introduction to training to see the answer".

Having started in midweek in the win over Napoli, Henderson will be hoping to retain his place for the latest big test.

Liverpool are overwhelming favourites for valid reasons - which is why I am going for an underserved and ugly draw for Manchester United.

I'm pleasantly surprised to see Under 2.5 Goals trading at [2.3], so that's my wager.

Mane missed three clear cut chances in their final group-stage fixture to fail to double the home side's lead after Mohamed Salah broke the deadlock in the first half.

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