The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating their season-defining clash against Manchester United on Saturday afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp’s side sealed their place in the quarter finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night following a 0-0 draw with Porto at Anfield which enabled them to clinch a 5-0 aggregate victory. Liverpool’s progression into the quarter finals was all but confirmed prior to the second-leg, so it’s no surprise that they took their foot off the gas somewhat ahead of their huge clash against Man United this afternoon.
With 9 games left to play, Jose Mourinho’s side have a 2 point advantage over their bitter-rivals, but Liverpool will be hoping to leapfrog United into 2nd place today with a vital win at Old Trafford. Liverpool arrive in Manchester in a fantastic run of form which has seen them suffer defeat in just 1 of their last 20 league matches.
However, Liverpool’s record at Old Trafford makes for slightly grim viewing for The Reds faithful, as the club have only managed to record 1 victory from their past 11 visits in all-competitions. Despite their recent form, Liverpool will be fully aware that in a fixture of this magnitude, recent form and statistics will count for nothing once the game kicks off.
There is no doubt that every Liverpool individual will need to be at their very best from back to front if they are to record a stunning victory this afternoon, but they will need their crown jewel Mo Salah (valued at £72 million by Transfermarkt) to deliver another big-game performance to ensure his side can prise open United’s defence today.
The electric Egyptian’s record of 32 goals and 11 assists from 39 games this season certainly speaks for itself, but it’s been Salah’s ability to produce moments of quality against the top-six teams which has been so impressive. He has scored against Man City, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea so far this season, and a goal against the Red Devils today would ensure he completes a clean-sweep of strikes against the top-six clubs during his debut season for Liverpool.
Although the season will not be decided today, there is no doubt that securing victory over Man United today would enable Liverpool to take a giant step towards securing their place in the top-four this season. Mo Salah will, as always, play a pivotal role in Liverpool’s performance today, and if he brings his a-game to Old Trafford then The Reds will have a great opportunity to move above United into 2nd place.