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League leaders Man United face toughest test as they travel to face reigning champs Liverpool

January 17, 2021 By Michelle Bonsu
Fans will be in for a treat as reigning PL champs Liverpool welcome current league leaders Manchester United on January 17th.

Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester United

Reigning champions Liverpool will face a very stern test as they prepare to welcome high-flying Manchester United to Anfield. The Reds come into this game winless in their last three matches following draws with West Brom and Newcastle, followed by a loss to Southampton. As such, Jurgen Klopp will be determined to avoid a fourth game sans defeat, and more significant, to prevent his side from losing back-to-back matches for the first time under his tenure.

Although they rebounded somewhat with a 4-1 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup, Liverpool have hit a rough patch that has seen them struggle for goals as they failed to score against Newcastle and Southampton. If they fail to score here, it will mark the first time since March 2005 that they have gone three matches sans a goal.

Manchester United, by contrast, have experienced a remarkable turnaround in things over the past two months.The Red Devils have won nine of their last 11 league fixtures since a 1-0 home loss to Arsenal on November 1, and will be also looking to extend their impressive unbeaten streak away from home. In fact,  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have not lost a road match in the Premier League since they were, ironically perhaps, beaten 2-0 by Liverpool at this same ground nearly exactly a year ago (on January 19th). Since then, the current league leaders have gone 15 games unbeaten, with 12 wins from that run. Notably, 11 of those victories have been from their most recent 12 away ties, which definitely bodes well for their trip ahead to Anfield.

Just as Klopp will be determined to avoid losing back to back games, his tactical counterpart Solskjaer will be seeking what would be his first win against Liverpool, with two draws and a defeat to date. And if he can accomplish that, the visitors will move six points clear of the reigning champs - which could be what may end up shaping the title race this season.

Team news: Liverpool vs Manchester United

Liverpool: Naby Keita will again miss this game due to muscular problems that have plagued him since mid December. Meanwhile, Joel Matip, who has missed the last few games due to a groin injury but has returned to light training and could return here.

Manchester United: Defenders Brandon Williams and Phil Jones are the only definite players ruled out for this match. Anthony Martial is struggling with a hamstring injury but will be evaluated prior to the match.

Match facts: Liverpool vs Manchester United

  • Manchester United have failed to win their last four Premier League games against Liverpool (D2 L2)
  • However, Liverpool are winless in three Premier League games (D2 L1)
  • The Reds lost their opening league match of 2021, but have not lost back to back matches since 1993
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has never beaten Liverpool so far in three attempts (D2 L1)
  • This is the first time since 2013 Manchester United will take on Liverpool ranked higher than the Reds in the league table
  • The Red Devils haven't lost a road fixture in the PL since their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on January 19, 2020

Where to watch Liverpool vs Manchester United live on January 17, 2021

Liverpool vs Manchester United kick off at 08:30 PST/11:30 EST/16:30 GMT

USA: Peacock, SiriusXM FC

UK: BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports Premier League, SKY GO Extra, Sky Ultra HD, Sky Sports Main Event

Australia: Optus Sport

Canada: DAZN

France: Canal+ Sport, RMC Sport en direct, RMC Sport 1, Free

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Match details, result and original broadcast info

Liverpool 0 - 0 Manchester United

January 17, 2021 11:30amAnfield (Liverpool)

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