Anfield, Liverpool, England
Key Stat: Liverpool’s home Premier League unbeaten run now stands at 67 consecutive matches at Anfield.
Expert Verdict: Liverpool’s home record speaks for itself and they can halt Manchester United’s progress in a mouth-watering, top-of-the-table Premier League clash. United’s good form should not be overlooked though. With Liverpool inconsistent, this could end up a draw.
After returning to the top of the Premier League for the first time in more than three years, Manchester United’s first match as league leaders sees them take on fierce rivals, defending champions and second-placed Liverpool. The match, at Anfield, takes place on January 17 and the live action starts at 16:30 local time.
Defenders:Trent Alexander-Arnold, Rhys Williams, Fabinho, Andrew Robertson
Midfielders:Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcantara
Forwards:Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
Goalkeeper:David De Gea
Defenders:Aaron Wan Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw
Midfielders:Scott McTominay, Fred
Attacking Midfielders:Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes
Six of the last nine meetings between these teams have ended as draws – three of which were goalless. Last season, the match at Old Trafford was a third 1-1 draw in that time but Liverpool did win at Anfield. United have not won at Anfield since January 2016 and Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah scored last season to ensure that remains the case. Here are the results of the last five matches:
Jan 19, 2020: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United
Oct 20, 2019: Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool
Feb 24, 2019: Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool
Dec 16, 2018: Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United
Mar 10, 2018: Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool
Liverpool are favourites to win, with home advantage, but the draw is a tempting price at 14/5 with Bet365 and Betway.
Both teams to score has been set at 8/13 with Bet365 and Betway.
Bruno Fernandes, named Player of the Month for a fourth time since his move to the Premier League this week, is 15/8 with 888sport to score at any time.
Liverpool have lost some of their aura this season and, with Manchester United defending their position at the top of the table, this could be a draw. It is still too difficult to back a Liverpool defeat at Anfield, however.