Man United vs Liverpool

This weekend’s marquee Premier League clash will play out on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester United are set to host Liverpool, in a huge game for the latter.

United begin the weekend’s action sitting 2nd, with a 12-point advantage over 5th – meaning their spot in next season’s Champions League is already all but secured.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have it all to play for, and cannot afford to drop any points across their final five league outings this term.

At present, the Reds sit 6th in the English top-flight, four points adrift of 4th-placed Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp’s side failed to win either of their previous two Premier League games, with the form of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino becoming a real concern.

Liverpool’s front-three

Ahead of the game, Jamie Carragher wrote an in-depth article discussing both Manchester United and Liverpool for Sky Sports.

Perhaps the most noteworthy comments from Carragher in the piece concern Liverpool’s front-three.

Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah had, for several years, dominated in both the Premier League and Champions League.

However, the last year or so has seen the former two players in particular seriously drop off.

Diogo Jota has been added into the mix and has arguably outperformed Firmino. But Liverpool’s attack has still looked off the pace somewhat, included in their latest 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

Now, writing for Sky, Carragher has called for that trio to be broken up:

“Liverpool’s famous front three, and rightly so, are still there. They’ve had the added bonus of Diogo Jota, who’s chipped in with a few goals, but I said this six months ago on Monday Night Football – the front three needed breaking up because no front three is ever together for this long.

“When you look at other great attacking partnerships and front threes from the past, they last probably three years and then you move on. Liverpool’s have been together for probably four or five years so it does need breaking up in the summer. That’s where Liverpool need to invest, as they do at centre-back of course. It’s actually quite similar to Manchester United, but that’s where Liverpool need to spend the money.”

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