Red Devils eager to twist knife into struggling Liverpool
JOSE Mourinho returns to Anfield tonight with his Manchester United team in far finer fettle than on their last trip to face Liverpool 12 months ago.
United had their backs to the wall in October 2016, successive defeats against Manchester City and Watford having snuffed out their earlyseason optimism, and were content to chisel out a 0-0 draw.
A year on they are soaring, six wins and a draw in their opening seven games putting them level on points with leaders Manchester City. Having targeted top spot prior to last season’s equivalent fixture, Liverpool are now the team on the back foot.
An injury to Sadio Mane has robbed manager Jurgen Klopp of a vital attacking player and both Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino could be low on gas after playing for Brazil in midweek.
Klopp can nevertheless point to an excellent record in head-to-head matches against other top-six sides, having suffered only two defeats in 20 such contests since his arrival in October 2015.
The trip to Merseyside represents United’s first major test of the campaign.
Mindful of the expectations his side’s recent performances have generated, Mourinho has attempted to play down the significance of the match. “It’s three points,” he said. “When you are in a big club, when you are a big player, when you are a big manager, every game is important.”