As the curtain sets on the weekend’s Premier League action, Mourinho’s Manchester United travel to Anfield to face Klopp’s in-form Liverpool. United won the last meeting between the sides, courtesy of a brace from Juan Mata, but the Merseysiders got the better of the Red Devils in their two-legged Europa League encounter last season.
Liverpool are better placed in the table than their Manchester rivals and having defeated Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester City, they head into the match on a high.
United, on the other hand, have a run of fixtures that sees them face both Chelsea and Man City within the next 9 days, apart from a mid-week Europa league clash against Turkish giants Fenerbache.
Defensive frailties ail both the sides and Klopp’s Liverpool, despite their attractive, eye-catching, counter attacking football, have not managed a single clean sheet in the League so far. Mourinho will hope that his players use this game as a stepping stone and shrug off the sloppiness that cost his side three points against the Potters.
As the big game between two fierce rivals is about to unfold, we look at five players that could have a significant influence on the exhilarating encounter.
#1 Jordan Henderson
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, has been instrumental for Klopp’s side this season and will again be expected to marshal the midfield for the Reds. His excellent performance this season – as was evident in Liverpool’s win against Conte’s Chelsea and his wonderful goal – has won him many admirers.
Henderson’s battle with United’s record summer buy, Paul Pogba, at the heart of the pitch, could well decide which team wins the encounter.
Ex-Arsenal winger James Merson said in the build-up to the match that he would pick Henderson over the talented Frenchman in his side. Henderson’s drive and link up play with Coutinho, Lallana and other players is crucial to Liverpool’s performance. Come Monday, the Kop faithful would expect a masterful performance from Liverpool’s No.6.