Manchester United fancied to give Liverpool problems at Anfield

Liverpool host Manchester United on Sunday aiming to maintain their big lead at the top of the Premier League standings.

The Reds head into the weekend 14 points clear of Manchester City with a game in hand and looking well on course to end their long title drought.

They are priced at odds of around 2/5 in the match betting to beat United and that looks a generous price given their form this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have won 20 out of 21 matches in the league, with their only draw coming against United in the reverse fixture back in October.

James Milner, Dejan Lovren and Naby Keita will miss the game for the home side, but Fabinho and Joel Matip are back in contention after recovering from their respective injuries.

Marcus Rashford is a major doubt for United with a back injury, while Luke Shaw’s hamstring problem will need to be assessed.

Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe are definitely out, giving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a few selection headaches to contend with.

Liverpool are currently on a 38-game unbeaten streak in the league and will be confident of extending that run at Anfield.

They have won 18 successive top-flight games at home, just three adrift of the club record set way back in 1972.

Klopp’s side were perhaps fortunate to win at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, but winning games when you’re not at your best is undoubtedly the mark of a good team.

However, they will need to produce an improved performance if they are to see off United’s challenge this weekend.

The Red Devils are unbeaten against the top four teams in the league this term, defeating Manchester City, Leicester City and Chelsea and drawing with Liverpool.

Their 4-0 victory over Norwich City last Saturday left them fifth in the table, five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.

Returning to the Champions League is a big target for United and it would be no surprise to see them take something from the Liverpool game.

They were unlucky not to win the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, with Adam Lallana’s late equaliser snatching an undeserved point for Liverpool.

Solskjaer’s side have shown they can compete with the best teams this season, but whether they can do it in front of a packed-house at Anfield is another matter.

Liverpool are worthy favourites to beat United this weekend, although the visitors do look overpriced at odds of around 13/2 to pick up three points.

A draw wouldn’t be the worst result for either side and that looks the value bet in what is likely to be an action-packed encounter.

Manchester United fancied to give Liverpool problems at Anfield

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