William Maxwell’s tips for Sunday’s high-profile clash at Anfield include a comfortable Liverpool win and more magic from Mohamed Salah.
There is another instalment of one of English football’s most famous rivalries on Sunday, and a win for Liverpool will maintain their position at the top of the table, while Manchester United are looking to avoid a third successive defeat.
Liverpool v Manchester United best bets
Over 3.5 cards @ 4/11
Mohamed Salah to score 2 or more goals @ 100/30
Liverpool to win to nil @ 17/10
Tensions to rise to the surface once more
When these two famous clubs meet face to face, temperatures have a tendency to boil over.
In fact, in each of the last nine matchups between the two giants of the English game, there have been at least three yellow cards shown.
United have been the naughtier of the two in their last five games in the league, with eight separate players picking up nine bookings.
One the eight is captain Bruno Fernandes who will miss this meeting due to suspension, and the lack of creativity going forward may warrant a change in tactics from Erik Ten Hag for a more defensive approach to gain any point possible.
Michael Oliver will take charge of the whistle, and his average of 2.9 yellows per game is likely to have increased come the 90th minute.
Salah to sink United again
If there is one man that cannot get enough of this fixture, it is Mohamed Salah. The Reds’ star has scored nine times in his last five meetings with the Red Devils.
Salah has been in electric form this season, with his 11 league goals only bettered by Erling Haaland.
His form has been equally scintillating in the last five games, with six goal contributions registered in his name.
Liverpool hammered United 7-0 in this fixture last season, with Salah notching up a brace of goals and assists.
With Manchester United struggling for consistency and without a win at Anfield since 2016, the winger will be sure to be a handful in front of goal once again.
Reds to inflict more Manchester misery
Liverpool have been imperious at home all season, winning all 11 games at Anfield in all competitions.
The Reds have not lost in the league since the controversial 2-1 defeat to Tottenham back in September, famous for the incorrect chalking off of Luis Diaz’s first-half strike.
A much changed Liverpool side did suffer their first defeat in seven in midweek at the hands of Royal Union Saint-Gilloise, with Japanese international Wataru Endo the only player above the age of 25 playing for the Merseyside club.
This result is unlikely to rattle the nerves of Jurgen Klopp going into this most heated of rivalry matchups, especially given that United have not scored at Anfield since 2018.
United showed a distinct lack of creativity in back-to-back defeats against Bournemouth and Bayern Munich and, as well as Fernandes’ suspension, Liverpool’s strength at home cannot be understated as they can secure all three points in comfortable fashion.