Manchester United, the current topper of English Premier League 20-21 point table, will visit to Anfield to face the current League champion Liverpool on Saturday.
The whole football world is keen to experience a breathtaking clash from this two English rivals.
Machester United has been able to placed themself on top of the table in January for the first time after Sir Alex Ferguson has retired in 2013.
Recently, United was consistently poor and couldn’t do any justice to their name for last few seasons, so they had to do something to prove that they are still a top side in European football.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds moved into top spot in the table with a 1-0 win at Burnley on Tuesday. On the other hand, Juergen Klopp’s All Reds defeat against Southampton by that same margin pushed their side to the second spot in the leage table.
Manchester United, have been in brilliant form since 7 November with 9 wins from their 11 matches and drawing the other two. Liverpool, on the other hand, have 16 less points than they had at this stage last season.
It’s true that Liverpool are not in their best form but All Red boss Klopp can make an excuse by showing up team’s ongoing injury issues.
But United boss, club’s Norwegian former striker Solskjaer is not willing to admit that it helped his side to become the topper in the middle of the season.
“Well, I think we have as many injuries as them,” revealed Ole at his press conference. “That’s just how football is, you get injuries and that’s just part and parcel of the game.
However, Solskjaer is not in the mood for celebrating his side’s position after 17 games.
He said, “You don’t get anything for being at the top of the league in January, it’s not ever something we have valued,”
“Being where we are in the league just gives us more confidence and it’s a sign of where we are at. The game against the champions, who have an amazing record at Anfield, is a great test for us.
“Can we go there and cause an upset? We are the challengers and they have earned the right to be champions.
“We want something they have. If you look at the results in the last few seasons, it [victory] would be an upset”.
Meanwhile, Man U have been awarded 20 spot-kicks since the start of last season. It’s twice as many as Liverpool. After Klopp took over in October 2015 the tally is 67-46 in United’s favour.
It was something that was bothering Klopp’s mind in recent pasts. So, he pointed on it recently, which was met by criticism from ex-referee Mark Clattenburg.
“Am I surprised someone’s talking about what I have said? No,” said Klopp.
“Am I surprised that Mark Clattenburg speaks about it? No. But it’s nice for him we can talk about him as well.
“But I am not Sir Alex for different reasons. When people like Mark Clattenburg speak now it always says much more about them than it could ever about me.
“I have no skills for playing mind games, that is my problem.”