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United are no match for relentless Liverpool
Record breakers Liverpool are closing in on a first top-flight title since 1990 and victory over Manchester United would mean that they have beaten every Premier League club this season before the end of January.
The Red Devils were the only side to avoid defeat against Jurgen Klopp’s men in the first half of the season, holding them to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
But Liverpool have gone from strength to strength since then, booking their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, lifting the Club World Cup and winning 12 league games on the spin since that stalemate.
They set the record for the best start to a season by any side in Europe’s top five leagues with their 1-0 win over Tottenham, which showed they can win even when they are not at their best.
That attribute will be key against United, who tend to raise their game for this fixture. Indeed, the visitors have lost only one of the last eight meetings between the sides.
With speedy forwards Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all impressing recently, the Red Devils will look to soak up pressure and hit Liverpool on the break.
And for that reason it could take time for Klopp’s men to find a way through so backing the game to be level at half-time before Liverpool pull clear in the second half may be wise.
Liverpool were effective but far from barnstorming during a hectic festive period winning four of their last six matches 1-0.
Games such as this tend to be tight, even for a side as superb as the Reds but they should still have the quality to continue their sensational winning run.
Draw-Liverpool double result