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“Liverpool have never been this good” – Premier League Gameweek 9 preview

By Squawka News

Published: 15:43, 18 October 2019 | Updated: 15:21, 21 October 2019

Liverpool travel to Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend aiming to tighten their grip on top spot.

The Reds currently boast an eight-point cushion over Manchester City, the most any Premier League side has had at this stage in a season with all teams playing the same amount of games, and are chasing a history-equalling 18th consecutive win. But this is no ordinary game.

Despite their poor start to the season Manchester United should still represent a tough opponent for Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp yet to win at Old Trafford in his four visits so far including a goalless draw towards the end of the previous campaign.

Liverpool look set to be boosted by the returning Alisson, while Mohamed Salah and Joel Matip also appear fit after injury scares. But Manchester United will not be at full-strength, with Paul Pogba confirmed out and David de Gea a doubt. Nevertheless, Sunday’s clash with certainly be an entertaining affair.

Elsewhere, high-flying Crystal Palace welcome Manchester City to Selhurst Park knowing an upset would see them leapfrog the defending Premier League champions in the table.

Chelsea will also be looking to capitalise on any slip ups above them as they host a Newcastle side yet to really get up and running.

After a slow start to the season, Frank Lampard’s side are currently sitting fifth in the table and have won their last two league games – their longest winning streak of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Tottenham will be hoping they can get their season back on track after their defeat to Brighton last time out which put Mauricio Pochettino’s future into some doubt.

Marco Silva is another Premier League manager whose job looks less than secure and his Everton side face a very tough battle against West Ham on Saturday afternoon knowing only a win will do for the Toffees, who are currently languishing in the relegation zone.

Daniel Farke’s Norwich City visit Bournemouth trying to stop a rot of their own, without a win in their last three, and Arsenal travel to Sheffield United.

Despite some unhappiness over their performances this season, Arsenal could end the weekend in second place if other results go their way and have already beaten newly-promoted opposition in Aston Villa.

Watch the video at the top of the article to see Squawka’s full Premier League preview show with Adam McKola and Paul Machin.

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