Homegrown talent and dugout rivalries: Five things to look out for in Liverpool v Manchester United
By Emma Sanders
Liverpool host Manchester United in Monday night’s big Premier League clash and Football Insider analyses five things to look out for.
Two of the league’s most illustrious managers take the centre stage at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho go head-to-head.
Mourinho’s has a long history of facing up to Liverpool, given his two spells at Chelsea.
He built a strong rivalry with Rafa Benitez as the two went to battle in Europe on a number of occasions but with the Reds competing in two Champions League finals between 2005 and 2007, it was Benitez who got the better of Mourinho.
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The Manchester United boss is unlikely to receive a pleasant welcome at Anfield and conventional wisdom is that he will adapt a cautious strategy, while Klopp will be eager to unleash his attacking side.
It’s unlikely Liverpool will field a single Scouser on Monday, despite the fixture being one of the club’s biggest games.
Many consider it a bigger game than the Merseyside derby but Kevin Stewart is the only player actually from Liverpool who could potentially make an appearance.
In contrast, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have torn their way onto the scene at Manchester United and both could feature in attack for Mourinho’s side.
The two teams often produce a heated display when battling it out on the pitch and there have been some big red card decisions made throughout the years.
The most notable was Steven Gerrard’s in March 2015 as he was sent off just 38 seconds after coming in early in the second-half.
Liverpool have made a blistering start to the season, netting 18 goals already this season – the joint highest in league – whilst Manchester United have scored 13.
Both teams will have some serious attacking talent on display, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic standing out as one of the league’s most prolific goal-scorers so far.
The games between these two teams are always highly contested and with defenders, Martin Skrtel and Nemanja Vidic formerly in the sides, there have been plenty of penalties conceded.
Should Liverpool be awarded one on Monday night, you’d put your money on James Milner to score given he’s already netted four out of four so far this season.
In other Liverpool news, a former Anfield legend returns to Melwood to receive injury treatment.