Liverpool and Manchester United may be two of English football’s fiercest rivals but the two Premier League heavyweights have a number of similarities that have established the north-west clubs as the two of the greatest in the game.
The current Champions League holders are one match away from becoming world champions for the first time in the club’s history. If Liverpool are to beat Flamengo on Saturday they will become the first team since Manchester United to lift the FIFA Club World Cup.
United were crowned world champions back in 2008 under Sir Alex Ferguson and their success in Japan springboarded the team to further honours that season.
The Red Devils went on to claim a third consecutive Premier League title whilst also making the Champions League final for the second season in a row.
Before the 13-time league winners took part in the CWC in Asia, they entered the tournament off the back of only two wins in their previous four league matches. However, victories against Japanese side Gamba Osaka and Columbian outfit Liga de Quito handed United their first-ever CWC.
What followed from their world cup success was an 11-game winning run in the league that saw them create an almost unassailable lead from title rivals, Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have drawn comparisons to Ferguson’s team of old following both outfits’ relentless ability to always win matches. During that winning run, United were able to register nine consecutive clean sheets.
United were under pressure from Rafael Benitez’s Liverpool and the demand for perfection was unwavering. Similarly, this season, Liverpool have established a lengthy lead over current champions Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s side were playing catch-up at the same point last season and would win 14 consecutive league matches to eventually retain their Premier League crown.
It was ultimately United’s form following the CWC that proved the difference as they edge the title from Liverpool by four points. If Klopp’s team are to do the same this time around it would surely be enough for the Reds to claim a first league title since 1990.