The Premier League’s top two meet this Sunday on Merseyside, as defending champions Liverpool hope to return to the top of the Premier League table with a win over league leaders Manchester United.
They have certainly been two of most consistent teams in England in the last 12 months, with their star players Mohamed Salah and Bruno Fernandes respectively consistently delivering for their teams.
While the Egyptian forward has scored more goals than the Portuguese midfielder, Fernandes leads his counterpart on the assist tally.
Any team with these two players in their roster would run away with the league title, but fortunately for rest of the Premier League, there is arguably no chance of seeing the duo together in the same shirt anytime soon, or for that matter ever, because of the clubs they represent.
However, before Fernandes joined the Red Devils, he was linked with Liverpool amongst other top Premier League clubs in the summer of 2019, but nothing concrete ever happened.
In the same summer, he did audition in front of Jurgen Klopp as Sporting Lisbon faced Liverpool in a pre-season friendly, and managed to impress the German manager, who revealed: “In that game already you could see… wow! You could really see he was a difference maker and that’s what he shows now.”
This weekend the 26-year-old will face Liverpool in a United shirt for the first time ever and will hope to function as a ‘a difference maker’ once more and end Liverpool’s long unbeaten home run.
Recently, the former Dortmund gaffer pointed out that their rivals are more lucky with penalty decisions after Sadio Mane was denied a spot-kick against Southampton. Nonetheless, ahead of the crucial Anfield trip Fernandes has defended his ‘quick’ teammates up front and stated:”I’m not focused on what they’re saying.”
It will certainly be something if a penalty is awarded to United at Anfield and Fernandes buries it home for all three points.