Liverpool and Manchester United are set to meet in a widely anticipated Premier League clash this Saturday. With both teams facing injury woes, it would be worthwhile to discern how both teams cope up. The fixture is already exceptional on its own, but it’s plausible that the additions made by Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho could take the match to a whole new level, as the fixture will showcase some of the world’s best players.
The German and Portuguese are undoubtedly two of the best coaches around the globe. And when they encounter each other, there would be eyes pointed towards the sideline as much as towards the pitch, while two of the greatest tacticians battle to bring home the three points.
Despite the fact that Liverpool have endured a somewhat quieter summer transfer market, they have added Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke, Andrew Robertson, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to their squad, despite facing frustration due to the unsuccessful pursuits of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.
On the other hand, the former Chelsea boss has swooped Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, and Victor Lindelof, spending €164 million in the process, so as to bolster his squad. Nevertheless, Klopp has insisted that he has remained unfazed by United’s transfer business, and has claimed that he is more focused on what his own team can produce.
The Red Devils’ key midfielder, Paul Pogba, won’t take part in the match following the hamstring injury he suffered a month ago. Club captain Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini are also expected to be sidelined because of the unfortunate injuries they had to suffer.
However, the Portuguese boss has confirmed that in the Belgian’s absence, Ander Herrera might be included alongside Nemanja Matic for the feisty fixture. But it hasn’t been confirmed whether Phil Jones will take part in United’s defence this Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Reds will have to go up against their arch-rivals without their top scorer Sadio Mane, who has been sidelined for six weeks following the hamstring injury he suffered during his international duty. Liverpool will also be without defenders Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren.
Mourinho’s side is currently on a great run, and is seven points ahead of the Merseyside outfit, sitting comfortably in the second spot on the league table, separated from first place only by a one-goal difference. The Red Devils will go into the game looking to continue their fine run, whereas the home team might find the match a little rough due to the shortage of options. Regardless, the north-west derby has successfully induced excitement among the supporters.
Written by Hritwik NE
Passionate writer, coated in Blue.