Stats: Klopp can set LFC record against United

Liverpool right back Nathaniel Clyne could make his first Premier League start of the season against rivals Manchester United on Sunday (Dec 16) as boss Jurgen Klopp looks to manage a defensive injury crisis.

The Red Devils will be aiming to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat at Valencia in midweek when they take the trip to Merseyside, but are expected to face a herculean task if they are to avoid another loss.

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Beating United at home should be worth more than 3 points for Liverpool and their supporters by default but Sunday's outcome, if overwhelmingly positive, could really kickstart a pattern in this fixture for the foreseeable future, given the trajectories of the two football clubs.

The Portuguese ace has never represented Liverpool at senior level, but will surely take huge confidence from Klopp mentioning his name ahead of a pivotal Premier League clash with Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho does not believe this is the best Liverpool team he has faced despite the Reds having made a superb start to the Premier League season.

Ince, 51, said: "If any United player could get into Liverpool's starting XI, it would be David De Gea, 28".

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With 38 league titles between them, the two most successful clubs in England just love to hate each other. Liverpool trust their goalkeeper and a back line directed and dominated by the imposing Virgil van Dijk, and that trust is allowing them to play with patience, using their razor-sharp attacking weapons when opportunities present themselves.

As Klopp prepares for Manchester United's visit to Fortress Anfield, transfer expert Ian McGarry says Klopp has to find cover for Joe Gomez. I'm not the pope of football tactics and tell people what they have to do. Liverpool is a place where I had hard times, but also unbelievable times and wonderful victories.

Mourinho responded: "Well, I played against a Liverpool that was European champion".

"I don't know how much you ask Jose Mourinho about players from us? But I think it is important to focus on us, and see how we can hurt them, and score some goals".

"In the league, I think City are looking strong and better than any other team at the moment".

United will have to go to Anfield and shell out a worthy result if they want their fortunes to turn around this season.

"You know better than I, what happens if I give an answer to that question so no answer!" he said.

  • Lawrence Cooper