Key battles in Liverpool’s Man Utd showdown

When Liverpool and Manchester United clash at Anfield on Sunday, there will be more at stake than simply the typical bragging rights.

The bitter competitors are taken part in a fight for the Premier League title, with leaders United sitting 3 points clear of 2nd put Liverpool.

AFP Sport takes a better take a look at 3 battles that will specify the essential face-off:

Jordan Henderson v Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes has actually played a significant function in changing Manchester United from also-rans to title competitors.

Extensively credited with restoring United with his intense will to win and favorable mindset, along with his sophisticated efficiencies, the Portugal playmaker’s next objective is to mark his authority on the greatest video game of his time with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Fernandes, signed from Sporting Lisbon last January, will head to Anfield as the very first star to win the Premier League Gamer of the Month award 4 times in a fiscal year after making the reward for December.

In General, he has 15 objectives and 9 helps in all competitors this term, making it 27 objectives and 17 helps in 48 United looks.

Not surprising that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer and will job Reds captain Jordan Henderson with controling the midfielder on Sunday.

“He’s an outstanding player. Before he joined United, we played against Sporting in the USA on the tour and in that game already you could see, ‘Wow!’,” Klopp stated.

“He is settled, he is a very influential player for United obviously, involved in a lot of things. So, yeah, a good signing, unfortunately, for United.”

Mohamed Salah v Eric Bailly

With 17 objectives in all competitors this season, Mohamed Salah will present the greatest risk to United, however the Egypt forward can anticipate a stern obstacle from the revitalised Eric Bailly.

Bailly has actually had a hard time for type and physical fitness throughout his United profession, however the Ivory Coast centre-back has actually been crucial to their winning streak.

In 6 video games with Bailly in the group, United have actually won 5 and drawn when, yielding simply 3 objectives.

Harry Maguire looks more comfy together with Bailly, whose out-going character kept his team-mates unwinded throughout their hard durations previously this season.

United supervisor Solskjaer might likewise go back to the three-man main defence he has actually released versus Liverpool in the past.

Salah, Sadio Hair and Roberto Firmino are a powerful test for United’s rearguard, although they have actually gone through a barren spot of late, with Liverpool netting just when in their last 3 league video games.

Fabinho v Marcus Rashford

Damaged by injuries to his leading centre-backs, Klopp will be required to release Brazil midfielder Fabinho as a makeshift protector when again.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are long-term absentees, while Joel Matip has actually invested the recently fighting to return from the adductor injury the last 3 video games.

Matip has actually gone back to training however if he is not considered all set then Klopp will need to select in between children Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips to partner Fabinho.

That puts the onus on Fabinho to preserve his strong type at the position, however it will not be simple versus a vibrant United attack led by Marcus Rashford.

Rashford and Anthony Martial have the rate and grace to injure Liverpool, while Edinson Cavani’s experience and physical existence make him an interesting choice.

“We know that we can beat anyone, anywhere on any given day, so to go into a game like this feeling that if we play to our best we can win is a good feeling,” Solskjaer stated.

“It’s a test and reality check of where we’re really at because we’ve won many, many tight games, scored a few goals in injury time, showed that mentality.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.