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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Manchester United

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 15:29

Liverpool name an unchanged line-up for today’s Premier League clash with Manchester United at Anfield.

The Reds select the same XI that started last weekend’s 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

Fabinho and Joel Matip are back in the matchday squad and named on the substitutes’ bench after recovering from respective injuries.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Fabinho, Minamino, Lallana, Origi, Matip, Jones.

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Evra: Liverpool sent me letter about Suarez row

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 14:50
"I was really touched," former Man Utd defender Evra tells Super Sunday. "Now I can see it's real and honest people working for this club" By Chris Reidy

Last Updated: 19/01/20 2:59pm

1:27 Speaking on Renault Super Sunday, studio guest Patrice Evra explains that he received a letter from Liverpool CEO Peter Moore after discussing the Luis Suarez row on MNF last October Speaking on Renault Super Sunday, studio guest Patrice Evra explains that he received a letter from Liverpool CEO Peter Moore after discussing the Luis Suarez row on MNF last October

Patrice Evra has revealed he received a letter from Liverpool CEO Peter Moore in October regarding the Luis Suarez racism row in 2011.

Evra appeared on Monday Night Football on October 21 alongside former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher who apologised for Liverpool's behaviour surrounding the incident at the time.

Suarez used racist language against Evra during a Premier League encounter at Anfield in 2011 Suarez used racist language against Evra during a Premier League encounter at Anfield in 2011 Suarez used racist language against Evra during a Premier League encounter at Anfield in 2011

Evra says a personal message from Liverpool CEO Moore followed shortly afterwards.

"I was really pleased Jamie Carragher apologised and I received a personal letter from Peter Moore and I was really touched about it," said Evra on Renault Super Sunday.

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"He told me he hoped it wasn't too late because this incident happened nine years ago.

"I said thank you very much. I was so disappointed that Liverpool supported a cause like that but now I can see it's real and honest people working for this club."

Liverpool players wore T-shirts in support of Suarez at the time of the racism row Liverpool players wore T-shirts in support of Suarez at the time of the racism row Liverpool players wore T-shirts in support of Suarez at the time of the racism row

Suarez was given an eight-match ban by the Football Association after being found guilty of misconduct for using insulting words to Evra, which included a reference to the defender's colour, in a Premier League match at Anfield in October 2011.

Liverpool's players responded to the suspension by wearing T-shirts with Suarez's face on in the warm-up before a match at Wigan in December 2011, in a show of support for their striker.

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Patrice Evra reveals formal apology from “top-class” Liverpool after Suarez racism fallout

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 14:40

Patrice Evra has paid tribute to Liverpool as a “top-class club” after he received a formal apology for his treatment after Luis Suarez’s racism.


Evra was subject to racist abuse from Suarez during the 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Man United in 2011, with the Uruguayan receiving an eight-game ban.

But in the wake of the incident, Kenny Dalglish’s squad wore ‘Suarez 7′ shirts in their warmup to support the absent striker, with no acceptance of wrongdoing at the time.

Back in October, Evra discussed the situation during an appearance on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, with Jamie Carragher apologising in the studio, conceding the club “got it massively wrong.”

And ahead of United’s visit to Anfield on Sunday, the Frenchman revealed in his appearance on Super Sunday that Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore had issued him an apology.

"I received a personal letter from Peter Moore. He said he hopes it's never too late. Now I see it's real honest people working for this club."

Patrice Evra reveals Liverpool sent him an apology for the handling of the Suarez-racism row, after his last Super Sunday appearance. pic.twitter.com/UrctWQRZHk

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“First of all, I was really pleased that [people] like Jamie Carragher apologised,” he said.

“And, of course, I received a personal letter from Peter Moore, and I was really touched about it.

“He told me he hopes it’s never too late, because this incident happened nine years ago, but I’m someone [who is] really positive.

“I would say it was three days after the show, I was like ‘thank you very much, this letter has really touched my heart’.

“I was really disappointed for such a big club like Liverpool to support a big cause like that.

“But now I can see it’s real people, honest people working for this club and I have even more respect for Liverpool because they’re fighting against a problem of the human race.

 Liverpool's chief executive officer Peter Moore before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“So I was really pleased, and I just said ‘I hope you’re not going to win the league’ but that was like three months ago!

“Actually, it was really important for me, and like I say, even though we have a big rivalry between us, this shows you Liverpool is a top-class club.”

While it is disappointing it took almost nine years for a formal apology to be issued to Evra, it is a welcome end to a row that has clouded the club.

Liverpool have worked tirelessly to improve their operations on and off the pitch, and the influence of Moore as a compassionate representative of the city’s people has been vital.

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LIVE: All the build-up to Liverpool v Manchester United at Anfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 10:30

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The teamsheet is in and shows an unchanged line-up for Liverpool as they deploy the same XI that started last weekend’s 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

Fabinho and Joel Matip are on the bench after recovering from their respective injuries.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Fabinho, Minamino, Lallana, Origi, Matip, Jones.

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LIVE: All the build-up to Liverpool v Manchester United at Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 10:30
Follow all of the build-up, action and reaction from Anfield as Liverpool face Manchester United in the Premier League.
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Liverpool want £60million Timo Werner transfer

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 09:01

Liverpool and Chelsea are going head-to-head in a £60million battle to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

Chelsea have already opened negotiations for the German international, who has struck 18 goals in 17 Bundesliga appearances so far this season.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a long-time admirer of the 23-year-old goal-machine and was keeping his powder dry for the summer before making any bids for the player.

But Chelsea’s move in the January window, following the lifting of their FIFA transfer ban, has triggered immediate interest at Anfield.

Werner has already expressed a desire to play in the Premier League, although it is still likely that RB Leipzig, who have a great chance of ending the season as Bundesliga champions, will attempt to keep Werner until the summer.

The striker, who has been capped 29 times for his country, is seen as a main component of Leipzig’s attempt to keep at bay big title rivals like Bayern Munich.

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Liverpool want £60million Timo Werner transfer

HEAD NEWS - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 09:01

Liverpool and Chelsea are going head-to-head in a £60million battle to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

Chelsea have already opened negotiations for the German international, who has struck 18 goals in 17 Bundesliga appearances so far this season.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a long-time admirer of the 23-year-old goal-machine and was keeping his powder dry for the summer before making any bids for the player.

But Chelsea’s move in the January window, following the lifting of their FIFA transfer ban, has triggered immediate interest at Anfield.

Werner has already expressed a desire to play in the Premier League, although it is still likely that RB Leipzig, who have a great chance of ending the season as Bundesliga champions, will attempt to keep Werner until the summer.

The striker, who has been capped 29 times for his country, is seen as a main component of Leipzig’s attempt to keep at bay big title rivals like Bayern Munich.

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Liverpool want £60million Timo Werner transfer

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 09:01
Liverpool and Chelsea are going head-to-head in a £60million battle to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
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'Fabinho's return is a massive lift for us'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 08:00
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sees Fabinho's impending return as 'a massive lift' for Liverpool.
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Henderson: The only situation we care about is trying to win points

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 07:30

Jordan Henderson hasn't sensed any let-up in Liverpool's focus as they prepare to go again in the Premier League today.

The Reds had opened up a 14-point lead at the summit of the table heading into the latest round of fixtures, which see Manchester United visit Anfield later this afternoon.

Henderson has long been aware of the historic rivalry between the clubs, but insists the concentration of Jürgen Klopp’s side hasn’t been affected by external talk of their title challenge or the clash with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

In his column in the official matchday programme, the captain writes: “Liverpool versus Manchester United is the sort of fixture that, if you weren’t directly involved in it like we are, you’d still make sure you planned your day around being able to watch.

“There hasn’t been a period in my lifetime, regardless of how either club was doing at the time, where this wasn’t one of the standout games of the season. It’s the sort of match that captures the imagination of football supporters up and down the country, regardless of club loyalty, because it’s such a big rivalry.

“As Liverpool players we’re often asked where does this game rank compared with the Merseyside derby? Do we see it as bigger or more important? I don’t know for certain, but I’d imagine it’s the same for Man Utd with the Manchester derby.

“The answer is easy really. It’s as big and it’s as important, but it’s different.

“As a professional I‘ve been taught to respect every opponent. As a Liverpool player you know you have to respect the importance of this match in particular and a big part of that is recognising the strength of United as a club and as a team.

“I’ve never liked the idea of any other club being a benchmark for us. We should never define ourselves by what others have done. For me, Liverpool’s benchmark is Liverpool. We don’t need anyone else’s achievements to drive us on.

“I want to be successful for Liverpool because of what it means to our fans. Not because it means we can claim we’ve outdone someone else, no matter how big the rivalry.

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“One of this team’s biggest strengths is that we set our own standards and our own expectations. We don’t need external motivation – it’s within us. The only outcome we ever look ahead to is trying to win the next game. The only situation we care about being 'the best' in is the match we’re playing in.

“When the gaffer says we don’t talk about records in our dressing room he’s spot on. No-one here is interested in anything other than winning the next match – simple as. Why? Because, in the here and now, records are not important. The time for reflection will come later.

“We manage to keep this tunnel vision because we have great respect for every team we face and that’s never been more relevant than when we play Manchester United.

“I’ve lost count of the amount of games we’ve gone into with people drawing conclusions before the team bus has pulled up at the ground, let alone the game itself has started. The second we let any of that outside noise impact us, we won’t perform to the levels needed to maintain or exceed what we’re currently doing.

“United are a world-class team with unreal players. I’ve played with a number of them for England. They’re as good as anything out there. To name just two games, we’ve seen away at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, and at Manchester City in the Premier League, what they are capable of.

“If we don’t focus entirely on putting all we have into getting the best result we can today, we’ll get punished.”

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Henderson: The only situation we care about is trying to win points

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 07:30
Jordan Henderson hasn't sensed any let-up in Liverpool's focus as they prepare to go again in the Premier League today.
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Jürgen Klopp: We don't indulge in hypotheticals

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 07:00

Jürgen Klopp insists Liverpool shut out all the external talk surrounding today's fixture with Manchester United as they geared up for the contest.

The Reds host their rivals at Anfield this afternoon aiming to maintain an outstanding run in 2019-20, which has seen them pick up 61 points from a possible 63 in the Premier League to date.

However, United are the only team to have prevented Liverpool from winning in the top flight so far this season having played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October.

Klopp is, therefore, well aware of the quality of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men and the test they will pose his side once again.

He writes in his column in the official matchday programme: “As a fellow manager it is easy to see the progress they make, although others on the outside are often not so quick to recognise. They have recruited some exceptional players and the evolution of their squad makes them one of the strongest in Europe, I would say.

“Look at their talent from the 'keeper through to the forwards. They have world-class talent in that team and a squad full of match-winners. Big investment has resulted in a very strong group.

“Of course, looking to build something takes time. We know this ourselves. But they build with outstanding results and performances as a foundation. Their win this week in the FA Cup against Wolves was yet more evidence of how dangerous they are.

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“United compete in four competitions still – this says a lot about their quality. They remain with much to fight for in the league, a semi-final second leg to come in the Carabao Cup, into the fourth round of the FA Cup and the knockout stages in Europe. You cannot compete as they do in these competitions if they are not an outstanding football team.

“I have no idea how this contest has been billed externally but I also couldn’t care less. I know how we have prepared and I know the respect we will show United.

“I’m sure people will point to their brilliant win away against Manchester City. But we analyse far more – we look much deeper – and we know we face the most challenging of opponents today. If anyone thinks that win at City is the only signpost of danger, then they are silly and underestimating.

“So far this season we have done well at getting the balance right in this regard. We respect the power of our opponent, but our main focus is always on us and our strengths and our qualities.

“We know we are a very good football team. We know our players have the right values and approach. We believe in each other and what we do. We marry our belief with work, by which I mean it’s important to always deliver quality yourself but respect that each fixture presents a new challenge.

“The world around us constantly speaks of conclusions and outcomes. This is the world we live in, but we personally don’t indulge in hypotheticals. We cannot afford to. Look beyond the next game before you play it and I promise you that the performance will suffer.

“I am blessed with a dressing room that gets it. Most of you will see the interviews with our players and I’m sure there are a fair number who think, ‘Ah come on, of course they have to say this, but you believe differently’.

“But I see it in them, this outstanding focus and attitude. I don’t just hear it. I see it in the dressing room at Spurs. We knew it was a big result, but we all knew all we had won was three points. To be honest, winning the three points is enough in these moments because it’s the maximum we can win.

“We also knew there were elements of the game that served as a warning for us. Warnings can be good if you treat them as lessons. So you see it, you learn from it, and you work to improve. That is what I saw in the away dressing room at Tottenham. A set of players who know the next performance needs to be better than the last. I love this.”

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Jürgen Klopp: We don't indulge in hypotheticals

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 07:00
Jürgen Klopp insists Liverpool shut out all the external talk surrounding today's fixture with Manchester United as they geared up for the contest.
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The view from Manchester United... with Avelino

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 01/18/2020 - 18:00

Ahead of Liverpool's Premier League clash with rivals Manchester United on Sunday, we sought out a special guest to talk all things Red Devils – UK rapper Avelino.

The 26-year-old musician, who has worked with the likes of Dave, Stormzy and Labrinth, is a staunch United fan and even reworked his track Long Time Coming in homage to the club ahead of the 2017 Europa League final.

United are the only team to take points off unbeaten league leaders Liverpool this season, with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, so what is Avelino expecting from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side at Anfield?

Read on to find out...

So, first off, can you remember the first time United really got your blood pumping?

I don't really remember a specific time, but the first thing that came into my head was ending Arsenal's 49-game unbeaten run at Old Trafford.

I remember Rooney won a penalty for Ruud van Nistelrooy and then Rooney scored a second goal. I didn't care about the possible simulation for the penalty, all I cared about was going to school the next day and bragging about ending Arsenal's run because they were really strong at the time and they had all the bragging rights in the playground.

Which player did you pretend to be when playing on the streets as a kid?

I pretended to be Zinedine Zidane. Woah! Let me take that back. I was Zinedine Zidane when I was playing in the streets. He is my favourite footballer ever and the greatest midfielder to play the game.

Your track Energy featured on the FIFA 18 soundtrack and you reworked Long Time Coming for the Europa League final. There seems to be a close relationship between football and music...

You know, there are a lot of footballers who have good relationships with rappers, or some footballers might even want to be rappers in another life.

At the same time, a lot of rappers also wanted to be footballers, or would love to be footballers and would swap lives if we could, just for the experience. And then go back to our true, personal passion and what we carry out in our own careers.

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You have worked with Mercury Prize winner and fellow United fan Dave on numerous occasions. Have you ever found yourself talking football and forgetting about the music?

Me and Dave, I would say about 30 per cent of our conversations are about music, 70 per cent are about life and football and normal stuff.

We definitely discuss tactics and ideas. We know a couple of players and talk about what's going on in the club and things.

We both love football, it's another passion we share. It's a conversation that takes us away from music, in a good way, and we have even got a little group chat.

Have you experienced any serious football rivalry during your other collaborations?

[Thinks for a minute]... I've got a rivalry with Yungen. That's my boy innit, but when it comes to football I can't stand it, I can't take it. He's a Liverpool fan!

Who else? Everyone's alright you know, everyone's cool. There's a lot of Man United fans: Stormzy is a United fan, Dave's a United fan. I can't really think of one other than Yungen – he's just annoying when it comes to football.

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What have you made of Solskjaer's reign as United manager so far? What would constitute a successful season?

Top four would be a successful season. An amazing season would be top four and a trophy: the FA Cup; we are in a difficult scenario in the Carabao Cup, but if we were to turn that around; or the Europa League.

Usually, are they amazing or successful seasons for Man United? No. But in the essence of progress for this side, that's when they become successful or amazing; in terms of where we are now.

It's Liverpool on Sunday, how's confidence heading into the match? What type of game are you expecting?

The system we play against the top teams always leaves me confident before games. While Ole has been here, I'm sure our record against the top teams backs up what I am saying.

A lot of our problems have come when we are the team who are asked to have most of the ball – against the so-called lesser teams. That's where we have found major issues. I can recall beating Chelsea, beating Manchester City at the Etihad, drawing with Liverpool and beating Spurs.

The way we set up against the big teams, with the players we have, is ideal: quick transitions, counter-attacking football. The next thing for United is to figure out how to navigate those other types of games.

I'm confident and I'm expecting an exciting game. Maybe a bit more of a cagey affair than if it was at Old Trafford – I feel that is what happens at Anfield. Our best chance is to try to be dangerous on the counter and that suggests an exciting game because Liverpool are an attacking team.

Which key player battle are you most looking forward to seeing?

In the 1-1, Marcus Rashford played brilliantly. So, I'm gonna say him and Virgil van Dijk. I doubt Rashford will play through the middle, but we are quite fluid when he is playing with Martial etc.

If you were picking the team, what would your starting XI and formation be?

If everyone was fit, I would have a front three of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood either side of Anthony Martial. 

Paul Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay – with Pogba with more of a free role in that midfield trio.

Brandon Williams left-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka right-back. Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof as centre-backs, with David de Gea in goal.

With Pogba and McTominay currently out injured, I'd probably go with Fred, Nemanja Matic and Andreas Pereira in midfield. As we are away from home, it is Pereira over Juan Mata for the pressing and quick transitions.

What's your score prediction for the match at Anfield?

It's going to be 2-0 to Manchester United.

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The view from Manchester United... with Avelino

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 01/18/2020 - 18:00
Ahead of Liverpool's Premier League clash with rivals Manchester United on Sunday, we sought out a special guest to talk all things Red Devils – UK rapper Avelino.
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Reds search for redemption as further records beckon – Liverpool vs. Man United Preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 01/18/2020 - 17:00

Liverpool are to host Man United in the latest Premier League fixture, where securing the 21st win of the season is at the top of the agenda.


Liverpool vs. Man United

Sunday, January 19, 2020 – 4.30pm (GMT)
Anfield
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Referee: Craig Pawson

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds continued to see records tumble after the 1-0 win over Tottenham last time out, with the victory the 20th of the campaign to date.

A result which saw Liverpool break the record for the best-ever start to a topflight campaign after 21 games across Europe’s top five leagues.

And now they are out for a spot of revenge as Man United are the only side to have taken points off the Reds this season, with Adam Lallana’s late strike cancelling out Marcus Rashford’s goal back in October.

The Reds are, of course, full of confidence and momentum heading into the encounter having won 12 league games in succession since their last meeting, with Klopp’s men having also been crowned world champions in the meantime.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A number of familiar faces are in line to return for Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a waiting game over one of his key men.

United head into the clash off the back of two consecutive wins and clean sheets in the FA Cup and Premier League respectively, however, they will face an almighty task in stopping a fierce Liverpool outfit who are on a run of 51 league games unbeaten at Anfield.

Liverpool are no doubt favourites for this one and the three points would represent another step towards our target as the Reds will face members of the current top six just a further two times this season.

Team News

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

In a break from recent weeks, Liverpool’s injury news makes for relatively good reading this time around as Klopp prepares to welcome back a host of senior figures.

Liverpool have long been without Joel Matip, Fabinho and Dejan Lovren but their return to first-team action is growing ever closer.

Both Matip and Fabinho completed a full and “intense” training session earlier in the week alongside their teammates, with the boss revealing the pair are “likely” to be included in the matchday squad.

Lovren, meanwhile, continued his personal sessions as he looks to regain his fitness after sitting on the sidelines since December with a hamstring injury, where a return to “100 percent training” is expected on Monday.

Both Naby Keita and James Milner fell victim to the relentless festive fixture list but are expected to return to the outdoor pitches within the week, but no definitive timeline has been issued over their return to the field.

With another flurry of games which sees five come the way of the Reds in the space of 13 days, the news comes as a major boost for Klopp as he is expected to have a full complement of players to pick from as the days and weeks tick by.

 Liverpool's Adam Lallana during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With over a weeks’ rest under their belt following the win at Spurs, Liverpool are likely to make few, if any, changes to that side – with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the most at risk after Adam Lallana’s impressive late cameo.

While Fabinho is one of the first names on the teamsheet when fit, caution could come into play this time around with a place on the bench while Joe Gomez is unlikely to displaced by Matip after a series of strong displays since taking the mantle as Virgil van Dijk‘s partner.

United, meanwhile, are awaiting the verdict on Rashford’s availability after he sustained a back injury in their FA Cup win over Wolves in midweek.

They are already without Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, and Eric Bailly is not expected to be fit for the clash after failing to make an appearance so far this season due to a knee injury.

Last 5 at home to Man United (All Competitions)

 Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Won 3-1 – December 2018 (Mane, Shaqiri x2; Lingard)
Drew 0-0 – October 2017
Drew 0-0 – October 2016
Won 2-0 – March 2016 (Sturridge pen, Firmino)
Lost 1-0 – January 2016 (Rooney)

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 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s a fixture which hasn’t brought too much joy to Liverpool in recent years, with last season’s 3-1 win the only league victory over Man United in 11 attempts (D5 L5).

But the meeting at Anfield presents a multitude of opportunities to add to the joy of Liverpool’s current run of form.

Firstly, this will be the first league game at Anfield since 1990 that Liverpool will start the day top of the table against United.

And a win the way of the Reds will not only see the visitors lose three successive games on Merseyside (which includes Everton) in the topflight for the first time since April 1979, but it will also set another club record of a goal being scored in every one of the first 22 league games.

With a 38 game unbeaten run behind them and 12 consecutive Premier League victories, the Reds are in tip-top shape to add to United’s suffering and propel themselves even further to the holy grail.

Form

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 1-0 vs. Tottenham
Won 1-0 vs. Everton
Won 2-0 vs. Sheffield United
Won 1-0 vs. Wolves
Won 4-0 vs. Leicester

Man United – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 1-0 vs. Wolves
Won 4-0 vs. Norwich
Lost 3-1 vs. Man City
Drew 0-0 vs. Wolves
Lost 2-0 vs. Arsenal

Klopp’s View

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the importance of the fixture was not lost on the boss as he continued to stress the importance of his side writing their “own history”:

“It’s a very, very important football game. Very important. We have to learn how to deal with games like this in the right manner. We did not do too bad in the past but we can still improve.

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“We all know about the importance [of the game] to our supporters, but we play all games for our supporters. Not only these games.

“Liverpool is the natural enemy of some clubs. We have more natural enemies than other clubs have and the reason is our history. But we have to write our own history and that means we have to play games in our own way.”

TV & Liveblog Info

Liverpool’s Premier League meeting with Man United will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm (GMT), with kickoff set for 4.30pm.

Henry Jackson will be at the helm on This Is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, keeping you entertained and providing minute-by-minute updates on all the action, starting from 3.45pm.

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Rhian Brewster scores 19 minutes into home debut for Swansea

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 01/18/2020 - 16:45

Rhian Brewster opened his senior account just 19 minutes into his home debut for Swansea, with the Liverpool loanee scoring in a 2-1 victory. 


The 19-year-old endured a difficult bow for the Swans in the South Wales derby, playing 90 minutes but struggling for chances in the final third in a 0-0 draw with Cardiff.

But with Steve Cooper impressed with his application, Brewster was rewarded with a second consecutive start and a first at the Liberty as Swansea hosted Wigan.

It began positively for Cooper’s side, but a period of sustained pressure was turned over as the Latics produced an excellent move from defence to attack to allow Nathan Byrne to fire home the opener.

Within three minutes of that goal, however, Brewster had two chances: the first wide, the second on target.

Both were supplied by fellow loanee Conor Gallagher, with the No. 19 netting his first-ever senior goal by latching onto the Chelsea midfielder’s reverse pass and shooting left-footed beyond David Marshall.

Chants of “Rhian Brewster, baby!” rang around the Liberty, with the striker swiftly gaining admirers among the Swans’ support.

His fellow forwards combined for another goal midway through the second half with Bersant Celina creating space on the left to launch a cross into the box for an Andre Ayew tap-in to seal a 2-1 win.

 Swansea City's Rhian Brewster applauds the supporters after the Football League Championship match between Cardiff City FC and Swansea City FC at the Cardiff City Stadium. The game ended in a goal-less draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brewster was heavily involved throughout, with the most shots on goal of any player (five) and, similar to his debut, the joint-most aerial duels won for the Swans (also five), before his withdrawal in the 84th minute.

The result reinforces Swansea’s ambitions of a playoff place in the Championship, as they now sit fifth, three points off third-placed Brentford.

They have scored the fewest goals of any side in the top half (34), but Cooper will be hoping Brewster can follow up his first for the club and increase that tally significantly by May.

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Pre-United stats: Goal runs, potential landmarks and super subs

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 01/18/2020 - 16:00

Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool will set another club record if they find the net against Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

A goal would see the Reds score in each of their opening 22 games of a league campaign for the first time.

Liverpool, who beat United 3-1 in the corresponding fixture last season, have netted in their last 30 Premier League matches in succession. 

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For more need-to-know pre-match facts and figures, courtesy of club statistician Ged Rea, read on...

Home and away in all competitions, the Reds have lost only once in the last nine meetings with United.

Liverpool's next victory will be the club's 150th in all competitions under Klopp, with this being his 244th fixture in charge.

Marcus Rashford and Adam Lallana scored in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford earlier this season – the first time two English players have scored in this league fixture since November 2001, when Michael Owen and David Beckham exchanged goals.

Thirteen goals have been scored by Liverpool substitutes against Manchester United in all competitions – the joint-most along with Stoke City. The last three goals netted by the Reds versus United have all been by players coming off the bench.  

Sadio Mane's next goal will be the 100th of his career for an English club.

A win in this game would give Liverpool a 13th successive league victory, their second-longest sequence ever. They set the club record of 17 last year, from March to October, before United picked up a point at Old Trafford.

Klopp's men are undefeated in 38 league games, amassing 104 points in that run – a new Premier League record. Only three teams have ever gone on a longer unbeaten sequence in the English top flight: Arsenal (49, 2003-04), Nottingham Forest (42, 1977-78) and Chelsea (40, 2004-05).

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Pre-United stats: Goal runs, potential landmarks and super subs

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 01/18/2020 - 16:00
Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool will set another club record if they find the net against Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.
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Liverpool v Manchester United: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 01/18/2020 - 15:00

Liverpool host Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, with kick-off at Anfield scheduled for 4.30pm GMT.

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Two minutes of highlights will be available on LFCTV GO from 8.30pm, with extended action published at midnight.

You can listen to the game live with our free audio commentary service and follow the build-up, action and reaction as it happens with Liverpoolfc.com’s live matchday blog.

For Reds fans outside of the UK, global TV listings for the match can be found here.

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