Liverpool have lost more times at Old Trafford in the Premier League era (16) than at any other venue while the total of 68 defeats home and away is their most to any club in league history.
And the Reds have not recorded back to back league wins in the league at Old Trafford since January 2002.
But avoid defeat and the Reds could go seven unbeaten in the league against United for the first time since 1992, which would equal their best since 1927.The Reds Love the Road
The Reds have scored in each of the last 21 away games in all competitions since a 0-1 loss at Southampton on the fourth day of 2021.
In the league, they have scored 27 goals in the last nine away matches and their tally of 14 on the road is twice as many as the next best top-flight teams – Chelsea and West Ham (7) entering this round of fixtures.
And Roberto Firmino has scored each of his last 12 Liverpool goals away from Anfield (10 of which have come in the league), the longest run by any player in the club’s history.Watch out for Salah…Again!
Mo Salah could become the first player in history to score at United in three successive Liverpool visits in all competitions.
Should he find the net, he will also become only the second Red ever to score in his team’s first five away league games of a season, joining Sam Raybould who did so with five in 1902/03.
The No. 11 is also on a run of scoring in nine consecutive appearances in all competitions – the longest sequence in Liverpool history. The last goalkeeper to prevent him from scoring was Burnley’s Nick Pope in August.A Big Day Ahead for Klopp?
A win today will see Jurgen Klopp record his 200th victory as Liverpool manager (in his 331st game) counting penalty-shoot out successes as wins.
If his side takes at least a point, Klopp will become the first manager in the club’s history to record seven successive league games against United without defeat.United’s Strengths and Weaknesses…
United have never lost a Premier League game at Old Trafford when leading at half-time. In fact, the last time they did so was in May 1984 against Ipswich Town.
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has never beaten Liverpool in a league game as a manager – drawing three and losing three of six games. His only win came in the FA Cup last season.
They have conceded in each of their last nine league matches at home – their longest run of top-flight games at Old Trafford without a clean sheet since February 1971 (10 games).
But going into this weekend’s round of fixtures only Manchester City (12) had scored more goals in their opening four home league games than United, who have 10.The Manchester Ref…
Anthony Taylor, from Cheshire, was in charge of this fixture last season which Liverpool won 4-2.
Man United: Ronaldo 6, Bruno Fernandes 4, Greenwood 4, Lingard 2, Rashford 2, Fred 1, Maguire 1, Martial 1, Telles 1
Liverpool: Salah 12, Firmino 6, Mane 6, Jota 3, Keita 2, Minamino 2, Fabinho 1, Henderson 1, Jones 1, Origi 1, own goals 1
* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea (@ged0407).
In the hope of bringing back the glory days, the fading empire turns to a favourite son. He learned his trade coaching the reserve team and, far more importantly, he knows the club inside-out — the traditions, the heritage. Rather than burn bridges, he will rebuild them the old-fashioned way. “The fans see the state of play here and they’ll have some patience,” he says.
He’s right. The fans do have patience. And most of them, although accustomed to far higher standards, like what they see. The old values are restored and, with the help of a considerable transfer budget, the team improves. The goals start to flow and, step by step, they get better. Everyone who knows and understands the club agrees it feels right.
But a feeling nags. Is he tough enough? Ruthless enough? Good enough to eke every last drop out of his players’ talent, the way the very best managers do?
Respect for that lineage and heritage is welcome after his predecessor’s iconoclastic approach, but following in the footsteps of a legend requires more than that. Former team-mates speak up on his behalf, urging patience. But what if holding the values that sustained the club during the glory days is not enough?
Roy Evans took charge of Liverpool in January 1994 and managed them for four-and-a-half years. After the turmoil of Graeme Souness’s tenure, Evans steadied the ship and brought a distinct improvement, building around the talent of Steve McManaman, Stan Collymore and
As injuries cut deep, a troubled season went off the rails for the reigning Premier League champions — a run of six successive home league defeats was the worst in club history. They looked devoid of ideas and bereft of belief in the final third.
Jurgen Klopp masterminded a gutsy recovery to salvage Champions League qualification on the run-in but it was largely sheer force of will rather than attacking fluency that got his team over the line separating the top four from the rest. Their final tally of 68 league goals was 17 fewer than they scored in winning the 2019-20 title.
Despite the concerns generated by a quiet summer in the transfer market, Klopp was adamant that improvement would come from within with the return of key personnel from injuries and the rare luxury of a month-long pre-season training camp to properly prepare for 2021-22.
And two months in, the manager’s bullish optimism appears well placed.
Famine has turned to feast. Liverpool have got their swagger back and the goals just keep on flowing. Having extended their unbeaten run to 21 games, they sit just a point behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after eight games and are five clear at the top of their Champions League group.
They head for Old Trafford to face
“How can you not love Bobby Firmino?” It’s an entirely valid question from Jurgen Klopp, with the No. 9’s willingness to do the dirty work and celebrate in style more than enough to earn admirers.
The Brazilian has been a transformational figure under the tutelage of Klopp, occupying the false nine position and excelling in it every way you look at it.
Firmino is Klopp’s most-used player in his management career with 293 appearances and counting, with his reliability and game intelligence anything but underrated by the boss.
It has not been the smoothest ride for Firmino over the last year but six goals in eight outings and a return of confidence has turned back the clock and opened up new possibilities this season.
And a sarcastic response of “Oh, so we start talking about Roberto Firmino in that much detail again?!” aside when asked about what he offers over others, Klopp was quick to eulogise about a much-loved player in his dressing room.
“He’s a very important player for us, he’s a connector. He’s the best offensive defender I ever saw in my life, definitely,” Klopp said.
“He’s a ball chaser, he’s incredibly smart with all the things he’s doing, technically on the highest level and is able to play in the smallest spaces.
“Can make incredibly good decisions in a really short [space of] time and on top of that scores goals as well.
“That’s why we are all so happy when time to time he rewards himself with a hat-trick [like] last week, or whatever.
“Everyone in the team loves it because obviously sometimes you think he’s a bit short of getting the praise for the effort he puts in.
“I’m not sure about the numbers, but I’m 100 percent sure as an offensive player he ran the most in the last game at Atletico and that says a lot!
“He’s a brilliant boy and a brilliant player. It’s really a joy to work together with him.
“The way we play it’s not impossible without him because we have options, which is good, but how we started playing years ago was because Bobby could play the role he played.
“He was very, very influential in all the things we did.”
But Klopp was not done there as he brilliantly provided examples of why Firmino’s teammates love him as a person and player.
“Bobby is a positive but very, with me at least, very calm person. Everybody loves Bobby, there is no doubt about it. How can you not?” Klopp continued.
“If he was not a nice person, the players would love him because he is doing all the work for them so it helps them!
“Mo and Sadio love him because puts them up, passes the ball not always the last pass but the second last.
“All the midfielders love him because he is chasing all the offensive players of the opponents in their traps.
“And the last line love him as well for the same reason. Ali and he are best friends anyway, so how can you not love Bobby Firmino?
“When he scores it’s always an extra bit of joy, we never had the discussion about Bobby not scoring enough but you face the questions quite frequently but he wouldn’t play if he was not incredibly important anyway.”
‘There’s something that the kop wants you to know, the best in the world his name is Bobby Firmino.’
Jürgen Klopp has explained the widespread appreciation and affection for Roberto Firmino in the Liverpool dressing room.
After grabbing a hat-trick at Watford last weekend the No.9, now in his seventh season with the club, provided another tireless performance to help the Reds defeat Atletico Madrid 3-2 in a Champions League thriller on Tuesday night.
During his media previews for Sunday’s Premier League encounter with Manchester United, the manager was quizzed on what makes Firmino different to other forwards and therefore so effective in his role.
Klopp also spoke about the Brazil international’s personality and how his approach on and off the pitch has endeared him to everyone he works with.
“He is a very important player to us,” began Klopp’s assessment of the man who joined Liverpool from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015.
“He is a connector. He is the best offensive defender I ever saw in my life, definitely. He is a ball chaser, he is defensively incredibly smart with all the things he is doing. He is technically on the highest level, is able to play in the smallest spaces, the tiniest spaces. Can make incredibly good decisions in a really short time.
“And, on top of that, scores goals as well. That’s why we’re all so happy when from time to time he rewards himself with now a hat-trick last week or whatever. Really, everybody in the team loves it because obviously sometimes you think he is a bit short of getting the praise or whatever for the effort he puts in.
“I’m not sure about the numbers but I’m pretty sure he was the player – 100 per cent the offensive player – who ran the most in the last game against Atletico. That says a lot.
“He is just a brilliant boy and a brilliant player. It’s really a joy to work together with him. The way we play is not impossible without him because we have obviously options again, which is good, but how we started playing years ago was because Bobby could play the role he played. So he was very, very influential in all the things we did.”
The midweek contest at Estadio Metropolitano saw Firmino become the 60th player in Reds history to reach the milestone of 300 appearances.
He has netted 93 goals during that spell – the 20th-most for the club – but Klopp stressed his influence on the team goes far beyond the scoresheet.
The boss continued: “Bobby is a very positive but very, at least with me, calm person. Everybody loves Bobby, there’s no doubt about that. The whole team. How can you not?
“If he would not be a nice person, the players would love him because he is doing all the work for them that helps them a lot. Obviously Mo and Sadio love him because he puts them up, passes the ball, even if it’s not the last pass always but the second-last.
“All the midfielders love him because he is chasing all the offensive players of the opponents in their traps. And the last line loves him, of course, as well for the same reason. Ali and him are anyway best friends. Yeah, how can you not love Bobby Firmino? There’s no reason for it. A great guy.
“And when he scores there’s always this extra little bit of joy because we always have these discussions, which are not ridiculous but we never had the discussions about Bobby not scoring enough.
“But we faced the questions quite frequently when there are periods when he doesn’t do that. But he wouldn’t play if he would not be incredibly important anyway in all these different situations.”
Liverpool FC Women supporters can watch the team take on Blackburn Rovers Ladies twice in the coming weeks – but will only have to pay once.
Fans who buy a ticket for the FA Women’s Championship fixture at Prenton Park on Sunday November 7 will receive a free ticket for the Continental League Cup tie between the teams on Wednesday November 17.
Matt Beard’s side are in good form in both competitions after a fine run of results.
The team sit second in the FA Women’s Championship table with four wins in a five-match unbeaten run – just two points behind leaders Durham, who they play early next month.
The Reds sit joint-top in their Conti Cup group after they began their campaign with two points after winning a penalty shootout against Women’s Super League side Aston Villa.
The league game against Rovers will kick off at 2pm GMT, while the Conti Cup encounter will be under the floodlights with a 7pm start.
To enjoy this special Blackburn buy-one-get-one-free offer, LFC Women fans should buy match tickets for the FA Women’s Championship game against Blackburn Rovers Ladies on November 7.
Your email confirmation will include an exclusive discount code to get free match tickets for the Continental League Cup game on November 17.
Adult tickets are £6.50 each and child tickets are £4 each.
It’s no secret that the margin for error in the Premier League is slim and there would be no better time for Liverpool to make a “big statement” and reverse their fortunes at Old Trafford.
It’s one of the biggest days on the calendar but the Reds have won only three times at the home of Man United since 2005, a tally that needs adding to on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side heads into the clash off the back of a 21-game unbeaten streak while United have not won any of their last three league matches.
But form often means nothing in encounters such as these and that Liverpool could record back-to-back league victories at Old Trafford for the first time since 2002 speaks volumes of the fact.
Jamie Carragher can attest to finding little enjoyment from the short trip on the M62 but a second win in as many seasons could prove decisive to the Reds’ season ambitions.
“If Liverpool want to win the league, they’ll have to start winning games against the other so-called ‘big six’ or ‘top four’,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“This is their third opportunity so I think it would be a really big statement if Liverpool could go to Old Trafford and win for that reason.
“Whether last season gives the Liverpool players that bit of confidence to go to Old Trafford, but for me, it’s a completely different proposition and Liverpool have found it difficult historically really.
“Man United at home against Liverpool notoriously, going back 10 or 15 years, they’ve had Liverpool’s number in the fixture.
“Liverpool have found it really difficult to win at Old Trafford and going back a long time, even the great Liverpool teams, it’s always been a venue Liverpool have struggled at.
“We had a little spell of winning there under Gerard Houllier, but there hasn’t been too much since that really.
“From Liverpool’s point of view, they’ll want to put in a good performance, but I think they’ve got to start winning at Old Trafford.
“This would be the third game Liverpool have played this season against a rival, and they haven’t won any of the other two.”
The trip last season ended in a 4-2 win, the first under Klopp’s reign, but the challenge will be different once more with the return of fans and Liverpool need to rise to the occasion.
They’ve been guilty of not doing so in the past but with a four-point lead over United heading into the clash, Liverpool cannot let them off easily when it is all there for the taking.
As Carragher alluded to, there are only so many points one can drop on route to the title and avoiding doing so at Old Trafford would be significant to say the least.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah shares the same level of professionalism as Cristiano Ronaldo and can emulate the Portuguese’s longevity – and will improve his chances of doing so if he signs a new contract at Anfield.
Klopp this week hailed Salah as the best player in the world on current form as his side prepare to take on rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Salah will go head-to-head with five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, who is seven years his senior, and who, along with Lionel Messi, has dominated the debate about who is the world’s best for the past 15 years.
Klopp was reluctant to make comparisons between the two players but insisted they share the same professionalism and dedication to their craft – with more still to come from Salah.
Asked if Salah, 29, could play into and beyond his mid-30s like Ronaldo, he said: “You need luck, because things can happen, but I think the professionalism of both is the one thing you can compare, 100 per cent. It is probably the same.
“Mo is incredibly professional. He is really the first one in and very often the last out of all the players.
“He is constantly interested in all the things he can do and has to do to keep or improve the standard. I think he still has a lot to give.
“Why should we compare? Obviously, both are world-class players. Even though Ronaldo’s left foot is not bad, I would say Mo’s left foot is probably better.
“Cristiano may be better in the air and his right foot is probably better.
“Speed-wise, both are pretty quick and desperate to score goals but I’ve never really thought about that. I’m not too interested in comparing, sorry.”
Klopp added that Salah – who has scored 137 goals in 214 appearances for Liverpool since joining the club in the summer of 2017 – should extend his contract, which currently runs until 2023.
“It helps him for sure and the team he is playing for then as well – and I hope it is us!” said the Liverpool boss.
Klopp will have been encouraged to hear that Salah has said he wants to remain at Anfield for the rest of his career.
He told Sky Sports News: “It doesn’t depend on me, but if you asked me, I would love to stay until the last day of my football (career).
“But I can’t say much about that, it’s not in my hands. It depends on what the club wants. It doesn’t depend on me.
“At the moment, I can’t see myself ever playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad.”
While much of the attention on Sunday will be on Salah and Ronaldo, Klopp put the focus on his team’s defending against what he described as the “absolutely ridiculous” quality of United’s attack.
Liverpool have scored 36 times in all competitions so far this season, with at least three goals in eight of their last nine matches.
But Klopp believes it is at the opposite end of the pitch where the Reds must excel in order to combat the threats of Ronaldo, Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes et al.
“I really don’t think it’s very likely we will score three goals at United, but we never – before a game – think more about scoring then we do about defending,” said Klopp.
“So for us, it’s 100 per cent clear that to get in the game, to stay in the game and to win the game at United you have to defend at your absolute highest level.
“If we didn’t defend well at United I don’t know a reason why we would even get on the coach and go there because the quality they have offensively is absolutely ridiculous.”
Liverpool U18s were beaten 3-1 by Huddersfield Town in a friendly at the Kirkby Academy on Saturday morning.
Melkamu Frauendorf gave the young Reds an early lead in the 70-minute contest but a Sean Wilson own goal and finishes from Ben Midgley and Brahima Diarra gave the visitors the victory.
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's side went ahead inside 120 seconds when Bobby Clark delivered a perfect cut-back following a charging run down the right. The cross into the box found Frauendorf, whose fine first touch allowed him to slot beyond the goalkeeper.
Huddersfield responded in the first half through Wilson inadvertently turning the ball into his own net and an excellent overhead kick from Midgley.
In their search for a leveller, the hosts were denied on multiple occasions by Michael Acquah in the Huddersfield goal.
And their opponents netted the clincher three minutes from time as Diarra added the finishing touches to a breakaway.
Liverpool U18s: Mrozek (Davies, 35), Mabaya, Chambers, Wilson, Miles, Stephenson, Corness, Clark, McConnell, Pilling, Frauendorf.
Mohamed Salah has made it known that he would “love to stay” at Liverpool until the end of his career, but negotiations with his representatives have “reached a stalemate” over a new contract.
The 29-year-old has found another gear this season, with his 12 goals in 10 appearances also supplemented by his defensive and pressing work, which has helped the Reds remain unbeaten.
Salah’s formidable form has thrust him into the position of the current world’s best in the minds of many but the underlying talk centres around a new contract.
He is tied to Liverpool until 2023 and the club have opened talks over a new deal, but a figure has yet to be agreed upon between the two camps with the Reds knowing they will need to make Salah the highest-paid player in club history.
And according to The Times‘ Paul Joyce, “negotiations have reached a stalemate” with Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas believed to be “seeking more than £400,000 a week” for the No. 11.
This would catapult Salah above the Premier League‘s current top earners Kevin De Bruyne and Cristiano Ronaldo, who earn around £385,000 per week.
Reassuringly, Salah has made it clear that he is eager to see out his career at Anfield and could never see himself playing against the Reds.
“It doesn’t depend on me, but if you asked me I would love to stay until the last day of my football (career),” Salah told Sky Sports.
“But I can’t say much about that, it’s not in my hands. It depends on what the club wants. It doesn’t depend on me.
“At the moment, I can’t see myself ever playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad.”
There’s a distance to bridge between the two parties and the club will need to break its wage structure to make the new contract happen, but they cannot sit around on it for too long.
Salah is an important piece of the jigsaw for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp and his professionalism could make it so that is the case for a long time yet, but that will depend on finding a middle ground during contract talks.
It has not been happy hunting at Old Trafford in recent years but the trip down the M62 has had its moments. The task here is to recall every Red to have scored at Man United since 2000.
Are you up to the challenge?
Since the turn of the millennium, Liverpool have made the trip to visit Man United on 26 different occasions across all competitions, with only six ending in a victory.
In that time, a total of 15 different Reds have etched their name on the scoresheet at the home of their rivals.
There’s no doubt a few of these will stand out in your memory so the task here is to name the Reds as quickly as possible.Time to name the 15 goalscorers…GO! Want more quizzes? Try these!