It is one of football’s most electric and intense rivalries, and in midweek Anfield braces itself for another tasty encounter between Liverpool and Manchester United. Jurgen Klopp’s men remain firmly clinging to Man City’s coattails in the Premier League title race, so they know a win on Tuesday is simply non-negotiable. Man Utd, though, may have other ideas as they look to make the Champions League places.
In what was being colloquially dubbed a title-deciding fixture at the Etihad last week failed to separate both Liverpool and City in a highly-entertaining 2-2, so there remains just the single point between Pep Guardiola’s men in first and Klopp’s charges in second with seven games to go, placing a huge emphasis on this showdown.
With both Tottenham and Arsenal slipping up at the weekend, the door has just remained slightly ajar for Man Utd to restore parity with Antonio Conte’s fourth-placed Spurs and move level on points with them. Ralf Rangnick, therefore, will be eyeing up a party-spoiling result on Merseyside on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils came through a stern examination from Norwich on Saturday after Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 60th career hat-trick to secure his side a 3-2 win. Unconvincing against the division’s basement club, but a win’s a win as the old adage goes, and Rangnick will look to take that momentum into this North-West derby.
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Liverpool vs Man Utd: Match Stats
Liverpool enter this showdown with quite the playmaker record in the Premier League this season. Only three players have registered double digits for assists in 2021/22, and all three play for the Reds. Trent Alexander-Arnold currently leads the way on 12, while Mohamed Salah isn’t too far behind on 11 and Andy Robertson is certainly no laggard either on 10.
Indeed this is looking like a tall order for the visitors. Liverpool are unbeaten on home soil in the Premier League this season, enjoying 12 wins and three draws from their 15 matches at Anfield. In fact, Klopp’s men are looking to extend a 19-match home unbeaten streak, which dates back to April 2021 against Aston Villa. Man Utd meanwhile have only earned 23 points from 45 available this season on the road.
24 Oct 2021 – Man Utd 0-5 Liverpool – Premier League
13 May 2021 – Man Utd 2-4 Liverpool – Premier League
24 Jan 2021 – Man Utd 3-2 Liverpool – FA Cup
17 Jan 2021 – Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd – Premier League
19 Jan 2020 – Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd – Premier League
The last time these sides met, Liverpool ran away with it at Old Trafford. Salah helped himself to a hat-trick, while Naby Keita and Diogo Jota also got on the scoresheet in a famous 5-0 rout, which also saw Paul Pogba sent off.