Preview: Liverpool vs Man United

Liverpool v Manchester United - Premier League

 

TKTG brings together all the best articles from around the web for today’s thriller at Anfield.  Both sides have points to prove and David Moyes will look to improve his form against Liverpool having never won at Anfield.  With Wayne Rooney, Kolou Toure, and Joe Allen likely missing, both sides will have to look to their replacements to step-up to help their side edge the other in what will be a very tense, cagey and likely close match.

 

BBC Sport

As Liverpool celebrate the birth of Bill Shankly – 100 years ago on Monday – the current Liverpool boss can enjoy the feeling of kicking off against a Manchester United team who are below them in the fledgling Premier League table.

Not that Brendan Rodgers would have enjoyed the tortuous passage past Notts County in the League Cup second round which has left him with a few injury conundrums; nor would he would have been grinning from ear-to-ear at the third draw which followed – Manchester United away.

However, Liverpool’s start to the season has been impressive enough to suggest that they have a real chance of improving on a record of just one win over United in the last seven league meetings.

Daniel Sturridge, who turns 24 on Sunday, scored his first league goal for Liverpool at Old Trafford last season and has barely stopped scoring since – 15 in 19 appearances so far; if he’s shifted out of position or even out of the team by a returning Luis Suarez next month you can expect Sturridge to be unhappy.

United’s game against Chelsea on Monday may have been as serene and lifeless as the ship canal on a still summer’s day, but this will be a tempest in comparison.

Defeat would be unpalatable, and with the game at Manchester City coming soon, it would leave David Moyes with little wriggle room as he accustoms himself to the contours of Sir Alex’s shoes.

Home fans will know that Moyes has never won at Anfield – away fans will reflect that he’s never been there with United. Both managers might reflect that getting a draw would not be the worst day’s work they have ever done.

They both may also feel that the chance to forget about agents, deals and the transfer deadline for 90 minutes is more than welcome. With 11pm on Monday looming, that respite will not last…

Read the article by BBC Sport’s Steve Wilson

 

Goal.com

Liverpool host Manchester United on Sunday looking to record a fifth successive Premier League win for the first time since May 2009.

Brendan Rodgers’s side have followed up their strong finish to last season by winning their opening two games of the new campaign against Stoke City and Aston Villa but, despite their good form, extending this sequence against their arch-rivals at Anfield will not be an easy task, as they have not beaten the Red Devils in their last four league meetings and lost the corresponding fixture 2-1 last season.

That victory was the first time that United had won at Liverpool in five attempts, though, and new boss David Moyes heads back to Merseyside looking for his first ever victory at Anfield.

The Scot masterminded just three wins in 22 matches against Liverpool during his 11-year stint in charge of Everton – with all of those successes coming at Goodison Park.

Captain Steven Gerrard and in-form striker Daniel Sturridge are the men to whom the hosts will look to for inspiration in the absence of Luis Suarez, who serves the seventh game of his 10-match suspension.

Gerrard has scored four goals in his last six league appearances against United – including a goal in each of the last two encounters at Anfield – while Sturridge has netted 10 goals in his last eight appearances in all competitions.

Robin van Persie is likely to be the main threat for the visitors. The Dutchman, who has finished as the Premier League’s leading goalscorer for the last two seasons, has netted four times in his last three top-flight appearances against Liverpool.

Read the article by Goal.com’s Alex Fisher

 

 

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