Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp knows that this is the most important game of the season as far as supporters are concerned, and will have told his team to take the game to a very nervous Manchester United for whom defeat today could spell the end of Louis van Gaal’s time at the Theatre of Dreams.
And while Klopp paces the side-lines shouting instructions to his team van Gaal will be seated next to Ryan Giggs holding his trusty clipboard while taking notes as the game unfolds.
Liverpool looked brilliant going forward against Arsenal on Wednesday evening, proving once more that the Reds play better football when going up against an attacking team, rather than one looking to hit them on the counter attack as was the case in the recent loss to Watford.
What remains to be seen however is if van Gaal once more puts the brakes on his team reverting back to his favoured possession based game, or as was the case against Newcastle United he just tell the boys to go out and have some fun.
Unfortunately we have a horrible feeling that the Dutchman will be looking to defend rather than take the game to Liverpool.
As for Klopp we do not really see what options the German has other than to replace Toure at the back with Caulker, or bring on either Joe Allen or Lucas for Can or Henderson.
The 48-year-olds biggest dilemma however is whether to start Firmino up front or start Benteke from the get go as his physical presence will be a match for his Belgium teammate Marouane Fellaini.
For us here at Soccer Transfers Liverpool played the best football we have seen them play in ages when Klopp used Firmino up front which has us believing he will go with the same starting XI he selected for the match against Arsenal.
To score three goals against the then league leaders is quite an achievement, it’s just a shame that the defence was not up for it at the other end of the park, and as for Simon Mignolet perhaps it’s better to say nothing and just hope his Dracula like aversion to crosses is something he has worked upon over the last few days in training.
We are going to back Liverpool to win this match 3-2 with bet 365 at odds of 40/1 while as a side bet given his form against Arsenal we will take Firmino to score anytime at 5/2.