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Tony Coton: 'Liverpool match will test Manchester United's title chances'

12 Octubre 2017, 08:19 | Gerardo Tarin

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are already seven points adrift of Manchester United

Liverpool legend explains why Jurgen Klopp will end Man United’s unbeaten run

Letting Liverpool have the ball works and Mourinho is a manager happy to do it.

His side are currently sit seventh in the Premier League, seven points off top spot, and his side have also stumbled to two draws from their opening two Champions League group games.

Liverpool have won just 37.5 percent of their games after such a break, but this improves at home, where they have won two of their four games and not lost one, for a win ratio of 50 percent. I still believe that if we had scored those goals then we would have those matches and nobody would talk about our defence.

You could hardly call this a novel observation, but it often seems to be forgotten amid juicy top-six confrontations and Super Sundays.

Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku "will be fine" to face Liverpool on Saturday (14 October) after recovering from an ankle problem, according to his Belgium teammate and Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen.

How have Liverpool started the season? .

But while the Manchester United boss has rediscovered his swagger this term, Klopp's strops are just getting worse and if the German doesn't perk himself up soon, Liverpool's season will continue to falter.

There are many well-documented reasons behind their struggles - a substandard defence baring the burnt of the criticism - but Klopp is not helping his side.

Klopp knows the rigours of managing in England by now.

Manchester United are aiming to win the Premier League title this season for the first time since their final triumph under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. "I think Jose will try to make sure the pressure is on Liverpool, but the pressure is on everyone when it comes to a game like that". Unlike Arsenal, cut apart at Anfield in August, he knows that a low block against Liverpool is the way to play. It proved more than enough to win the league. "He's come in after a fantastic season last year with Roma", he said.

Yet they might not be able to, because beating teams like Burnley requires a different formula than winning the 'big' games.

It is a risk that Mourinho is unlikely to take.

The Red Devils fan base will be pleased to hear that their opposition's danger man, Sadio Mane, will also not be fit in time for the game.

Since Mourinho was appointed as United's manager he has earned 88 points, exactly the same as Klopp in the same period. Not anymore. Klopp brought in a goalkeeper (Loris Karius) that is no better than the one they already had (Simon Mignolet). Five current United players have scored for the club against Liverpool - Juan Mata (3), Anthony Martial (2), Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Mata is the only one to have netted for the Reds at Anfield.

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