For the first time since the club’s ultimately unsuccessful surge towards the Premier League title in 2014, there appears to be a genuine sustained feel-good factor around Liverpool football club. Jurgen Klopp’s work to transform the jagged side he inherited from Brendan Rodgers into a force to be reckoned with reaped dividends last season, for sure; appearances in both the Capital One Cup and Europa League finals weren’t anything to be sniffed at.
Klopp’s side have started this season in fine form, too. Victories have been recorded against title hopefuls Arsenal and Chelsea in their own grounds, whilst reigning Premier League champions Leicester City were dismantled at Anfield 4-1 last month. Only the Gunners and Manchester City, who occupy the top two spots in the table have scored more than Liverpool’s 18 goals, which is even more remarkable given that this is a team that didn’t see major investment this summer. Only Saido Mane and Joel Matip have made a pronounced impact on Klopp’s side this summer, with the core of this team’s success coming from players that the German already had at his disposal. It makes Liverpool’s success so far this season all the sweeter.
Of course, that won’t count for much if Manchester United leave Anfield with a positive result on Monday evening. Despite Everton’s proximity, there’s just nothing quite comparable in terms of importance to Liverpool fans than this fixture, and it’s seemingly much the same for United fans, too. Mourinho hasn’t gotten the best out of his team consistently yet this season, with Liverpool installed as favourites by many in part due to the way their attack has clicked. With that in mind, we think it’d be wise for Klopp to play to his strengths. Here’s our starting XI:
Loris Karius is expected to start ahead of Simon Mignolet in goal, with Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren fit again having missed international duty this past fortnight. James Milner will slot in at left back, giving Emre Can the chance to start in a midfielf three with Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson.
Saido Mane will hope to continue his excellent form since his summer move from Southampton on the left of Daniel Sturridge, with Roberto Firmino on the right-hand side of the Brazilian, with those two inparticular capable of swapping positions easily if required. It’s a highly mobile attacking unit that United’s defence are sure to struggle with, if Liverpool can play at the same pace that saw them win at Stamford Bridge and the Emirates earlier in the season.