Liverpool’s clash against bitter rivals Manchester United has been touted by Sky Sports as ‘one of the biggest fixtures in world football’.
Whilst this does ring true in certain aspects, the reality is that this is just another fixture the runaway league leaders will be desperate to box off in their pursuit of the holy grail.
In fact, with a trip to Wolves also in the mix just days after the Anfield affair, some would argue that is indeed the tougher test for Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten Reds.
Nuno Espirito Santos’ impressive outfit are currently seventh in the league table – three points behind United – and were incredibly unlucky to leave the home of the European champions with nothing tangible to show for their efforts.
Wolves were the first team since Manchester City in November 2019 to match Liverpool in terms of shots and it was the first time they failed to score on the road in the Premier League since their goalless draw at Leicester in their opening game of the season.
Similarly to United, Wolves’ threat is best utilised on the counter-attack which caused Liverpool numerous problems despite the Midlands side without their devestating attacking duo, Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore in the starting XI.
The 2018 Championship winners have claimed some impressive scalps so far this campaign. Santos became the first manager since Antonio Conte in 2017 to register a league double over Pep Guardiola in the Premier League following a 2-0 win at the Etihad in October and a 3-2 comeback victory in December.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United side are the only team since March to have taken points off Klopp’s Reds in the league. Despite Liverpool having more than two-thirds of possession and Adam Lallana’s late intervention, the match was a dull affair, to say the least.
United’s threat should be easier to maintain than Wolves with Liverpool using the Anfield crowd to their advantage on Sunday. Meanwhile, Wolves have already taken points against City, United, Arsenal and Leicester this season, they will prove the sturdier test for Klopp’s champions-elect.