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> Liver­pool bid to end woe­ful League run against arch-ri­vals Man United

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

LIVER­POOL WILL be look­ing to end a dis­mal Premier League run against Manch­ester United and build on a promis­ing start to the cam­paign with vic­tory over their bit­ter north west ri­vals next Mon­day.

Resur­gent Liver­pool are three points ahead of United in the ta­ble as Jose Mour­inho’s re­build­ing pro­gramme stut­ters, but their cur­rent run of four suc­ces­sive League de­feats to the Old Traf­ford club is their worst against them for eight years.

Liver­pool, who knocked United out of the Europa League last sea­son, have not beaten them in do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion since March 2014, but they meet for the first time in this cam­paign with Jur­gen Klopp’s men in supreme form.

They have won their last four Premier League matches and suf­fered only one de­feat in all com­pe­ti­tions so far.

In con­trast, Mour­inho’s men have won just one and lost two of their last four in the League, crash­ing 3-1 at Wat­ford and be­ing held at home by Stoke City.

De­spite the heavy in­vest­ment in new play­ers that fol­lowed Mour­inho’s much-her­alded ar­rival at Old Traf­ford, his team cur­rently have three points fewer than they man­aged from their first seven games of last sea­son, when Louis van Gaal was in charge.

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter City meet their League-win­ning pre­de­ces­sors Chelsea at Stam­ford Bridge on Satur­day, but nei­ther club has looked like ti­tle ma­te­rial so far this sea­son.

Chelsea cur­rently lie sev­enth, five points be­hind lead­ers Manch­ester City, while Le­ices­ter, who shocked the foot­ball world with their ti­tle suc­cess last May, are ma­rooned in 12th place, with just two wins from their first seven games.

Le­ices­ter’s record against the Lon­don­ers hardly in­stills con­fi­dence that they can get their ti­tle de­fence back on track on Satur­day.

They have beaten Chelsea only four times in 20 Premier League games – al­though their most re­cent suc­cess was less than a year ago as they stormed to the ti­tle.

Le­ices­ter man­ager Clau­dio Ranieri will be hop­ing that N’Golo Kante, one of the key fig­ures in his bril­liant ti­tlewin­ning sea­son, does not make him pay for his de­ci­sion to let the in­flu­en­tial mid­fielder move to Stam­ford Bridge.

Manch­ester City still lead the Premier League, de­spite their first de­feat of the sea­son, at Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, in their last out­ing.

Af­ter crush­ing all be­fore them in the first two months of the cam­paign, City will be bid­ding for their first win in three games in all com­pe­ti­tions on Satur­day when they host fifth-placed Ever­ton, who are four points be­hind them.

Sec­ond place Spurs are wait­ing to pounce should City slip up and Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s side visit West Bromwich Al­bion on Satur­day, when Arse­nal host Swansea City – who will be led for the first time by new man­ager Bob Bradley. – Reuters

Liver­pool boss Jur­gen Klopp and Man United man­ager Jose Mour­inho.

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