Liverpool vs Manchester United Preview:
Probable starting lineups:
Mignolet, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Emre Can, Salah, Firmino, Coutinho
De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young, Herrera, Matic, Rashford, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Lukaku
The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool is considered to be one of the biggest in Europe. The clubs are the two most successful teams in England. Liverpool dominated English football from 1975 to 1990, winning 11 league titles and four European Cups. Manchester United, meanwhile, have dominated during Ferguson's era, from 1993. In that period the Red Devils won 13 league championships and two European Cups. By the way, this fixture has produced 14 Premier League red cards and only the derbies between Everton and Liverpool have produced more.
The rivalry has extended to the players as well. In the season 2011/12, the rivalry was exacerbated by claims that, in the first match at Anfield, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez racially abused Patrice Evra. After considering the evidence, an FA panel found that Suarez had referred to Evra using the term "negro" seven times. Suarez himself admitted to having done so once, but denied racism. He said that his grandmother was black and the word "negro" is normal in his vocabulary, as well as in his country. However, Suarez was banned for eight games. On 11 February 2012, United and Liverpool met again at Old Trafford, and Suarez started a match for the first time since he began his ban. Prior to kick-off, the two teams were expected to shake hands, but Suarez ignored Evra's offered hand. Manchester won 2:1 at the end and Evra celebrated in front of the home supporters, provoking Suarez who was close by. Sir Alex Ferguson declared Suarez to be a "disgrace" and suggested that he should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again. The next day, Suarez, Dalglish and Liverpool all issued statements of apology for the handshake incident, which United accepted. In the next period Suarez and Evra started to behavior as sportsmen.
The tradition is on Manchester side. The two sides have met 198 times with United winning 79 of them, while Liverpool have 65 victories and 54 matches finished without winner. Counting only the league games, United have 67 wins, while Liverpool 55 (with 46 draws).
Now about the match. I expect an interesting and efficient match with at least three goals. Liverpool didn't start as the fans were expected, however they are strong at home. The Reds have played five matches at Anfield (three in the Premier League and two in the Champions League) in which they scored 13 goals. Klopp is offensively oriented coach and I expect his strikers to score again. Manchester United, meanwhile, started the new season in best possible way. The Red Devils have 19 points and they are sharing the first place with Manchester City. The atmosphere in the squad is positive, while the players confidence is high. Jose Mourinho will like the positive series to continue. And I am sure Manchester will score as they have Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker will probably become the first player to score eight goals in his first eight Premier League matches. And don't forget Marcus Rashford, he is also able to take advantage from Liverpool's defensive mistakes. As conclusion, I expect an efficient match with at least three goals.