Preview - Liverpool vs Manchester United 20 January 20

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Match Day 23
Liverpool vs. Manchester United
Monday, January 20th 2020
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.38
Average goals against per match: 0.67
Top Scorer: Sadio Mané (11)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: L W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.64
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Marcus Rashford (14)

The best is very much saved until last on Match Day 23 in the Premier League, with the final fixture of the week being one of the classic fixtures of the English game, as runaway league leaders Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield.

Just one side has taken any points at all off Liverpool this season. That side was Manchester United with the reverse fixture at Old Trafford ending in a 1-1 draw. Liverpool came out on top in a 3-1 win in the game here last season.

Naby Keita, James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne are out injured for the home side. Manchester United must make do without Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Axel Tuanzebe and Scott McTominay.

Liverpool are on an incredible run in the league whichever way you look at it, with an unbeaten season looking a distinct possibility. They have now won 18 successive Premier League games in front of their own fans. Seeking a fourth home clean sheet on the spin, they have scored two or more in 10 of 11 here.

Whatever their form, Manchester United do seem to get themselves up for this game. They have won only three of eleven on the road this season - but one of those wins did come at Manchester City. Beaten at Arsenal in their recent away game, they will need to be much better here.

This is always something akin to a derby atmosphere, making an unusual result that bit more likely. On form and ability though its tough to tip anything other than a home win.

Prediction: Liverpool 3 - 1 Manchester United


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots: 16 - 9
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 11 - 5
Possession: 53% - 47%

Mohamed Salah was the only player booked for the home side, with Nemanja Matic, David De Gea and Luke Shaw of Manchester United also having their names taken by referee Craig Pawson.

Manchester United actually weren't doing too badly in the opening stages, and were certainly holding their own until coming unstuck at a set-piece in the 14th minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold swinging a corner over from the right to be met by a towering header from Virgil Van Dijk into the top right from six yards or so.

It could have been worse for United with Liverpool having two goals disallowed, one for a foul on the keeper and another for offside. 1-0 at the interval.

Credit to Man Utd, they did make a decent go of it in the second half. Anthony Martial having a golden opportunity to equalise when the ball broke to him in the left of the area, but only succeeding in blazing the ball high over the cross bar.

Liverpool were having their chances too, the best of which fell to Salah around six yards out, but the Egyptian uncharacteristically scuffed his effort wide.

The home side did finally grab a second in the second minute of added on time. Alisson hoofing forward for Salah who raced though, holding off the attentions of Daniel James before slotting home low to the left-hand side from inside the area to the left.

And so Liverpool's seemingly relentless progress towards the most impressive season in Premier League history continues. Played 22, won 21 and drawn one. Incredible stuff really from Jurgen Klopp's men who move 16 points clear and still have a game in hand. Manchester United stay in fifth spot and five points adrift of Chelsea in the race for the Champion's League.

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