Liverpool FA Cup fourth round preview vs Manchester United
Liverpool will face arch-rivals Manchester United on the road in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
The Reds have experienced a tough run of results in the Premier League and they recently went winless for the fifth game on the bounce.
On top of this, their 68-match unbeaten league streak at Anfield came to an end after a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of Burnley.
With the loss, they find themselves six points behind leaders United and have another potentially testing challenge next week with Tottenham Hotspur on the road.
Prior to that, they will take on the Red Devils in the FA Cup fourth round and manager Jurgen Klopp may go with his best side for the encounter as they look to secure at least one trophy this season.
Klopp opted to start Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on the bench against Burnley and that backfired as the club suffered their first league defeat at Anfield since April 2017.
The Reds are unbeaten in the previous five matches against United and have suffered just one defeat in the last 11 games across all competitions. After the Burnley result, Liverpool are now marginal betting underdogs at bet-bonuscode.co.uk for this game but a full-strength Liverpool should be sufficient to get a result at Old Trafford, if they can get on the scoresheet.
There have been seven stalemates during this period with four of those ending goalless. They met at Anfield in the Premier League last weekend which finished 0-0.
The teams previously met in the FA Cup at the same stage (fourth round) in 2012 where Dirk Kuyt scored a late goal to clinch a 2-1 victory for the Reds.
Overall, they have faced each other in the competition on 13 occasions excluding replays. United have been the dominant side with nine victories to four.
Liverpool have had a tough time with injuries this term and they are currently without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez (both knee) for the long-term.
Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas are not far off from returning from knee injuries of their own while Naby Keita could remain sidelined with an ankle issue.
Captain Jordan Henderson missed the Burnley game with a minor groin concern, but Klopp has hinted that he may return for the Red Devils clash.
United don’t have a long list of injuries to deal with. Phil Jones (knee) and Brandon Williams (knock) could be the only definite absentees for the game.
Victor Lindelof has been struggling with a nagging back problem, but he could return to face the Reds, similarly to the Premier League meeting last weekend.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba; Rashford, Fernandes, Martial; Cavani
Three of the previous four meetings between the sides have ended in stalemates and it could be another tight encounter. We are fancying the Reds to prevail in added extra-time with an individual moment of brilliance.
Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool (after 120 minutes)
Stats from Transfermarkt.com and 11v11.com