The biggest rivalry in English football.
Two titans of the game going head to head.
The Normal One vs The Special One.
Bragging rights at stake.
The whole world watching.
Liverpool vs Manchester United.
This is undoubtedly the game of the season so far. It promises to have all the ingredients for an unforgettable encounter. A win by a three goal margin would see Liverpool jump to first place in the table , over United’s noisy neighbours ; City, and also Arsenal. A win for the Red Devils would see them go level with Klopp’s men.
Jordan Henderson and Paul Pogba:
Which player will the ability to take control of this heavyweight clash? The Reds’ skipper, or the world’s most expensive player? So far this season, Henderson has been leaps and bounds above the Frenchman. Some may argue that Henderson still lacks the leadership to lead a side like Liverpool, as the Anfield faithful have become accustomed to the captaincy of arguably their greatest ever player; Steven Gerrard. A player which you will never replace.
Henderson’s thunderbolt goal against Chelsea, saw him pick up the goal of the month award for September. Paul Pogba opened his goal scoring account at his second spell with the club; with a header against Leicester. I expect this to be an intriguing battle .
Philippe Coutinho and Maroune Fellaini:
With the Brazilian magician in red hot form, will Fellaini have what it takes to stop the samba star? Having shown many a time how special he can be when he reaches peak performance, Coutinho has the ability to dazzle any defence.
Fellaini is a very physical player who sometimes crosses the line when it comes to acceptable challenges, he has become renowned for planting his elbow in opposition faces. He will have to keep cool and not lose his head, letting the occasion get the better of him will be catastrophic, if either side goes a man down, the other side will take control. The Belgian midfielder is a strong force who can break up play in the middle of the pitch, this will be imperative if he wants to stop Coutinho.
Loris Karius/ Simon Mignolet and David De Gea:
It is not clear yet as to whether or not Loris Karius will retain his place in goal for the Reds. Having only featured in a couple of games, Klopp may be making a big mistake throwing him into a game of this magnitude.
Liverpool could do with the experience of Mignolet, however this experience comes with issues. The Beglian shotstopper has had a record of making blunders in goal which have gone on to cost Liverpool wins. Do they risk the inexperience of Karius, or the unpredictable nature of Mignolet, who can either play amazingly, or woefully.
David De Gea, on the other hand is in a league of his own when it comes to the goalkeeping department. This is an area which Liverpool are definitely behind their rivals.
The Spaniard is arguably the best keeper in the world, and is a key player for Mourinho’s side. His goalkeeping heroics may be the difference between no points and all three.
I am expecting this tie to be a one sided affair. Liverpool will be too much for United to handle.
Having only lost once this reason , The Reds are now on an exceptional run, looking to make it five straight wins. The football they are playing under Klopp is overwhelming for opponents. Electrifying, Organised, and deadly in the final third. The attacking power they possess in Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, and Daniel Sturridge , is unbelievable.
United aren’t on the best form at the moment, unable to get the new team to gel, Pogba struggling to settle, can’t find the right formation, the special one hasn’t had the start he would have planned for.
The ongoing debate about whether Wayne Rooney can still cut it for them has been an overriding distraction when playing also. Mourinho has to find a way to get things to work, as they haven’t looked like a side who will be challenging for the league.
The same can’t be said for Liverpool. They are now red hot favourites to win the league. With the football they are playing currently; it’s not hard to see why they are being tipped for glory…
Score Prediction : Liverpool 3-0 Manchester United.
By Tom Cavilla. 18 years old