Pre-match

Burley: United will be more expansive, which could play into Liverpool’s hands

Burley: United will be more expansive, which could play into Liverpool’s hands

Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley believes that Liverpool will face a very different Manchester United compared to the one that travelled to Anfield in October.

The Red Devils held the Reds to a goalless draw but the situation has changed with Jose Mourinho’s men now just three points off Manchester City in fourth.

Liverpool are second, just five points behind leaders Chelsea who lost 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur, while Jurgen Klopp’s men were held to a 2-2 draw at Sunderland.

Burley told ESPN: “It’s very rare a Klopp side don’t turn up. They’ll know how big the game is. The game was terrible at Anfield but United cam to sit in and do a job, and they did to an extent.

“I don’t think they’ll be like that at home and it’ll be a far more expansive performance. That could play into the hands of Liverpool with their pace. It’ll be an intriguing game.”

Before their league clash; Liverpool head to Southampton in the first-leg EFL Cup semi-final at St. Mary’s. United beat Hull City 2-0 last night in the same competition, so they will have an extra day’s rest over their rivals.

The Red Devils top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed the cup game through illness but is likely to be available for the game against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester United have scored 31 goals in 20 Premier League games, 17 less than their opponents.

Craig Burley

Liverpool

Manchester United

Liverpool

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