The Premier League’s arguably greatest rivalry takes its latest form in the last kickoff of this GameWeek on Monday night with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United taking on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield.
Klopp has crafted his team into a recognisable pattern: energetic, tireless and entirely devastating when on song, as was demonstrated by their opening day demolition of Arsenal.
It is a strange fact to consider that Liverpool are sitting sixth having been consistently the League’s best chance creaters. Coutinho, Firmino and Jordan Henderson are all in good nick with the Englishman in particular looking to make amends after having a bit of a nightmare with England on international duty.
Mourinho and his team of typically big money signings bulldozed through the small teams, before being beaten in the Manchester Derby which seemed to hand the bragging rights over to the Citizens.
Marcus Rashford has come to the rescue for the Red Devils more than once already this season and United fans will be hoping that for once, they need no rescuing against a big name opponent.
The Ferguson era has been truly left behind as we see that United are moving ahead with Mourinho’s brand of the game, which involves even Ibrahimovic putting in a shift every game. United fans will be hoping to see Henrik Mkhitaryan in action after the former Dortmund man has failed to see much game time this season.
Their historic rivalry has resulted in 28 wins for United and a measly 14 for Liverpool, with the rest of the matches of an epic 51 game series ending in draws. The last time the pair met, it ended in a 1-1 at Old Trafford, with Anthony Martial and Philippe Coutinho scoring for their respective teams. This time around, it might just be the same scorers in a game that will hopefully not end in a draw.
It is the start of a new chapter in the rivalry of two of English football’s most celebrated clubs, as both look to make the step up to the level of champions, as they once were. A must watch for neutrals, the game promises its share of drama and tension.