It is not often that Liverpool arrive at Old Trafford as strong favourites. With Jürgen Klopp’s side 8 points clear at the top of the league and Man United wallowing in 12th place, we can expect a dominant Liverpool performance this weekend. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been goal shy to say the least this season but could be boosted by the return of Paul Pogba to the midfield. We take a look at why Liverpool playing at Old Trafford this weekend is ideal for Jürgen Klopp.
Last season when Liverpool visited Old Trafford the game ended in a drab 0-0 draw. 4 first half injuries led to substitutions, both teams were knocked off kilter by the changes and disruptions to the rhythm of the game. In the Anfield leg of the fixture, Man United didn’t commit too many men forward but were eventually sunk by 2 goals from substitute Xherdan Shaqiri.
With United struggling in the league, they cannot afford to drop too many more points, though if they were visiting Anfield – where Liverpool haven’t lost in the league for two years – they could be forgiven for taking a conservative approach, or parking the bus a-la Jose Mourinho.
However, with the Red Devils at home this weekend and playing in front of their own fans against their bitter rivals, Solskjaer won’t be able to take too defensive of an approach. Klopp’s side thrives on space behind the defence and will be relishing coming up against the flat footed back line that United have at the minute. With Liverpool playing at Old Trafford, the Man United defence will likely be sat higher than at Anfield, opening themselves up to the pacy counter of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, or a long ball over the top from Virgil van Dijk.