It can’t have been in living memory that two powerhouse rivals of the English top flight have been so far apart. We’re talking Liverpool and Manchester United as the two prepare to go head to head in the Premier League this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s men host the Red Devils at Anfield on Sunday with the two old rivals an astonishing 27 points apart when it come to their league standings. Of course, the mighty Reds sit atop the table while their counterparts from the other end of the East Lancs Road sit fifth in the standings. If you fancy mulling over the odds to decide if there is a permutation you’d like a flutter on, head to asiabet8888.com and place your bets.
While Klopp’s unbeaten gunslingers surely head to their first-ever Premier League title — they are even 14 points and a game in hand over Manchester City who sit in second place in the table — United have a whole different scenario with which to cope. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is seen my many as a coach simply biding his time until he is replaced. Most pundits and fans agree that he is a decent coach and would be an ideal No.2 but perhaps lacks the personality to head up one of the biggest clubs in the world.
If the Old Trafford aces can get any type of result in front of the Kop on Sunday they will be pleased. For Klopp and his Liverpool charges, however, it is a different story. Not only is the league title a given, but the notion that they can lift the crown without losing a single game is now very much on their minds (even if they tell you it isn’t!).
Listen, Liverpool never needed any incentive to beat Manchester United. The rivalry stretches back decades. In short, the two clubs, well, fans anyway, hate each other. That is why United should be fearful going into the game this weekend. The player who is in red-hot form and who should be one for the likes of Harry Maguire and his team-mates to keep an eye on is Bobby Firmino. The Brazilian attacker is in sensational form and if he’s not scoring vital goals he is setting them up.
His ability and how lucky the Reds are to have him in their ranks isn’t lost on Anfield keeper and fellow Samba star Alisson Becker. And he said:
“It’s great to play alongside Bobby. We then became teammates in the national team. Our families have become close as well, this is great for us. He’s a similar guy to me, he’s laid back and manages to be even more shy than me. It’s an honour for me to play alongside him.”
High praise indeed. But, let’s face it, totally deserved.