If Liverpool fail to win the Premier League title this season, it is guaranteed to be at least thirty years between their previous triumph (1990) and their future success whenever that might be.
However, the good news is that the Reds are sitting top of the table after sixteen games played and Jurgen Klopp simply (!) has to keep his team ahead of Manchester City and ideally open up some kind of gap over the current champions of England.
This fixture has not been kind to Klopp since he took charge at the Merseyside club even if Liverpool are massive favourites to beat Manchester United, an outcome which would have Anfield bouncing on Sunday afternoon.
Back a Liverpool Victory
Unibet offer a best price 3/5 about the Reds winning the match, suggesting that the home team are heavily likely to claim the three points, although supporters will be approaching the game with trepidation considering that a large bus is likely to be parked on the hallowed turf.
Jose Mourinho understands the value of his Red Devils side not losing at Anfield and the previous two renewals of this fixture have ended goalless. What the Portuguese would give for another point this weekend and the draw is currently trading at 16/5 with William Hill.
The Mourinho gameplan has been simple yet effective in recent times. Pack the midfield out with hard-working players like Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Nemanja Matic, making life frustrating for a team who like to play fast-flowing football and possess a deadly attack who don’t need many chances to score.
Be Weary of Salah
United come into this match off the back of a 4-1 win over Fulham and they won’t have gone too hard in their final Champions League group clash against Valencia, while Liverpool will have found things a lot tougher against Napoli a day before in the same competition.
However, Klopp has been giving key players a rest game over the past couple of weeks and the German was delighted with the sharpness of Mohamed Salah who plundered a hat-trick at the Vitality Stadium last weekend and the Egyptian king will be seriously fired up for this clash.
It’s unsurprising to see Salah trading as the 7/2 favourite (Paddy Power) to score the opener, although we’re more tempted by someone like Virgil van Dijk at 22/1 with William Hill. The big Dutchman offers a threat from corners and free-kicks, with United sure to give plenty of the latter away.
Liverpool got over the line in the Merseyside derby at the death and it might be another case of waiting patiently for the home supporters before the deadlock is broken.
We’re happy to back the 1-0 winning scoreline for the Merseyside team who have the confidence in their defence to hold on to that advantage without pushing forward for more goals.
Similarly, we feel that the 5/4 about both teams not to score is a touch of value. It covers the possibility of a goalless draw and also means that a slender win for Liverpool or Manchester United should see this bet cop.