This incredible stat gives Liverpool the edge in game v Man United
By Tony Hughes
Liverpool top the table in terms of distance covered on the pitch this season with Manchester United right at the bottom.
The Sun has reported that Liverpool have clocked up an incredible 814.8km this season, as they adapt to the first full campaign under Jurgen Klopp and his ‘Gegenpress’ style of pressing football.
Man United have a new manager this season but Jose Mourinho’s style of play is vastly different and his team have notched up just 735.6km.
The two teams are set to meet on Monday night in a mouth-watering clash in the Premier league.
Ahead of that, The Sun has made a combined XI based on the hardest working player from each team in each position.
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The results are pretty emphatic, with just one Man United player making the cut. Across the pitch only Marouane Fellaini, who averages 11.4km a game, makes the side for United.
Even Fellaini is outrun by the Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, who clocks in with 11.8km per match. Up front Roberto Firmino matches Fellaini with an average of 11.4km, streets ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on 9.1km.
The Liverpool team might still be adapting to Klopp’s style of play but it seems to be working. The Reds sit in fourth spot in the Premier League, just two points behind leaders Man City. If results go their way this weekend they could be top of the league on Monday night.
In contrast, Man United are struggling for consistency in sixth place, five points off the pace with 13 points from their seven games.
A defeat at Anfield on Monday could start to heap pressure on Mourinho, as he attempts to turn the team round after the departure of Alex Ferguson.
Both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal failed to live up to the most successful manager in Premier League history.
In other Liverpool team news, Roberto Firmino has posted this Twitter message ahead of the Man United clash.