Liverpool make the yearly slog to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS. LIVERPOOL
| Sunday, May 2nd |
Premier League | Old Trafford
4:30PM GMT/11:30AM EST
It will be a quiet match on social media on Sunday afternoon when Liverpool battle against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The league has put aside this weekend to boycott the abuse and bullying that their players receive online. But regardless, the matches continue, and tomorrow is a must win for the Reds. If they have any hope at all of somehow sneaking into the top four, despite failing to capitalize on their rivals dropping points over the last few weeks, it will start with three points in this match.
Manchester United, on the other hand, have clinched the top four but appear doomed to place behind Manchester City. The title is still technically in their grasp, but it would take a miracle for them to get there.
Liverpool have greatly improved their away record in recent months, winning five of the last seven. Hopefully they can keep that good form going for this game as well.
Edison Cavani and Bruno Fernandes both scored twice in United’s midweek 6-2 rout against Roma. In any match that wasn’t this one, they’d likely be rested, but expect to see them starting on the pitch, because the Manchester United – Liverpool matches are always taken seriously, for pride, even if nothing else is on offer.
For Liverpool, Mohamed Salah is fighting for the Golden Boot, and would love to add a goal or more to his tally. He already scored a brace at Old Trafford this year, back in January when the Reds still fell to their rivals in the FA Cup fourth round. So, erm, maybe Salah shouldn’t score then.
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane; Jota
Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are the only missing players on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
You know the deal for Liverpool. Nat Phillips remains a doubt in the back, which would mean that Fabinho would once again jump in alongside Ozan Kabak. Other than that, it’s all the same old names we see on the injury sheet every week: Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez. Joe Matip, and Divock Origi.
We’ll see if Klopp plays both Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino again, or if he reverts back to his favored 4-3-3 with one of them making way for James Milner in the midfield.
What the Managers Had to Say
Jurgen Klopp: “A lot of things work out for us on a football pitch, but it is all covered by not often enough finishing and conceding a late goal. You can concede late, but when it costs you everything you’ve worked for, it’s really harsh and has cost us twice in a row.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “Of course, we know what they have done the last three or four seasons. They have been at the top of the league, won the Champions League and they have had some amazing seasons. That is a challenge to us to have that consistency now that we move up the table and we also challenge [Manchester] City and they feel they still have to win a few games.”
Referee: Michael Oliver. Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett. Fourth official: Craig Pawson. VAR: Paul Tierney. Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood.
Kickoff is set for 4:30PM GMT/11:30AM EST tomorrow, and television listings for the match can be found on LiveSoccerTV. In the meantime, we’ll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it’s released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on the action as it happens.