What Mourinho must do to beat Liverpool


Phil Jones who has enjoyed a superb start to the season cementing his place alongside Eric Bailly at the heart of the defence also picked up a knock during the Palace match and is set to miss the trip to Liverpool opening the door for the likes of Victor Lindelof who has struggled since his arrival from Benfica and Chris Smalling.

The Bradford-born official has taken charge of three meeting between the two clubs, his most recent of which involved sending off Steven Gerrard for a stamp on Ander Hererra, the Liverpool legend entering the field of play just 38 seconds earlier.

"Liverpool can only play one way and are always devastating in that first 30 minutes, so United have to survive that".

"It suits Mourinho in terms of his mentality".

Liverpool face Manchester United on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, knowing a defeat will leave them 10 points adrift of their rivals just eight games into the new season. What I would expect is similar tactics from last season but with more ambition on the counter-attack.

Liverpool and Manchester United head into the clash at Anfield with two notably different defensive records. "Firstly, Anfield away is the ultimate test, mentally and physically with the intensity". You only got excited when you won there.

'They have had the upper hand against all of the top five teams because of the nature of the way those games are played.

It is also the start of a tough period of fixtures before the next global break which includes matches against Tottenham and Chelsea.

Liverpool have also been dealt a hefty blow in the build-up to the game, with star forward Sadio Mané out injured.

"You would have never said before Mane joined he'd be the most pivotal player but you would now say, given what happened during the African Cup of Nations last season, losing him is a big psychological blow".