Liverpool vs Manchester United: Time for Klopp to make a statement

Liverpool vs Manchester United: Time for Klopp to make a statement

Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday in the fixture of the Premier League weekend, with supporters who are keen to stream the game live able to get 15% off with Now TV.

The Merseyside outfit are at something of a crossroads in Jurgen Klopp’s tenure at the club, with inconsistency still rife in the Reds ranks – the hosts are under pressure to show that they can compete with the top teams in English football.

At times unplayable, Liverpool’s free-flowing and expansive attacking play can be a joy to watch when the team are on form.

However, the same defensive frailties blight the Anfield club, with Klopp yet to settle on a rearguard that can be the bedrock for a realistic Premier League title challenge.

On Saturday Liverpool will face one of the favourites to be crowned champions come May, with United much improved from last season and in ominous form in 2017-18 under Jose Mourinho.

The presence of Romelu Lukaku has made the Old Trafford side more direct in the final third and the giant Belgian’s pace and power will push the Liverpool defence to its limits.

While the latest team news shows that Paul Pogba has not yet recovered from injury and will sit out the game on Merseyside, the visitors are blessed with talent across the park.

Liverpool have suffered a blow themselves, with Sadio Mane picking up a hamstring injury and set to spend six weeks on the sidelines as a result.

Klopp’s reliance on Philippe Coutinho will be increased as a result, with the Brazilian maestro needing to provide the impetus in the final third in the African attacker’s absence.

While the signs of improvement at Liverpool have been clear since the current manager arrived, the fans are now growing impatient and are demanding the side challenge for honours.

Any potential for a Premier League title tilt will require the Reds to win home games against the top teams in the land; as such today’s game will be a real indication of just how far they have come under the enigmatic Klopp.

You can stream Liverpool v Manchester United live via Sky Sports from 11:30am on Saturday. Get 15% off on the Sky Sports Day Pass now.