The biggest game of the season for Manchester United and Liverpool fans has arrived. And as per usual, both sets of fans have a) mistaken it as their biggest game of the season, with this faux rivalry and b) mistaken it for the biggest game of the Premier League season for neutrals.
Newsflash: no one cares and the game will be absolutely diabolical.
In fact, the highlight will be the over-the-top reactions the Liverpool fans will have for Philippe Coutinho’s absence from this combined Reds and Red Devils starting XI.
GK – David de Gea
And in more shocking news: night turns to day.
RB – Antonio Valencia
Antonio Valencia is one consistent season away from a statue, GOAT RB.
— JM (@Mourinholic) May 24, 2017
First name on the teamsheet. And although eyebrows are continually raised at the Ecuadorian being United’s vice captain, the former Wigan Athletic man is one of those captains who leads by example, by continually turning in reliable performance after reliable performance.
CB – Eric Bailly
Already making a case to be part of the spine of the Premier League Team of the Season.
CB – Dejan Lovren
Still the fine, fine defender that Southampton had; the issue with the criticism that the Reds defender suffers from comes from the ignorance of pundits failing to realise it is in fact the lack of midfield protection offered to the defence, by Klopp’s instance on cramming every single lightweight, creative player he has at his disposal.
LB – Andrew Robertson
andrew robertson should change his name to andres robertino, he then might get a start for liverpool
— jed shaw (@jedshaw4) October 1, 2017
Manchester United’s best left-back is – according to Jose Mourinho – Daley Blind. And the Red Devils biggest problem is that Daley Blind is viewed as their best left-back.
Alberto Moreno has gone a long way in improving on last season’s reputation, but in Andrew Robertson, Klopp has a more competent player, in defence and attack – time to make him first-choice.
RM – Henrikh Mkhitaryan
This is already looking like the season Manchester United thought they’d be getting from the Armeninian, last campaign.
CM – Ander Herrera
Nemanja Matic’s impact has been huge for unleashing Paul Poga, however, coming at the expense of the Spaniard is harsh.
The former Athletic Bilbao midfielder offers everything the former Chelsea man does, and a lot more.
CM -Paul Pogba
That world-record fee won’t look so funny come the end of the season.
LM – Sadio Mane
Liverpool fans when they hear Sadio Mane is out for up to six weeks after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty. pic.twitter.com/IAT19ffgRg
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) October 10, 2017
If Liverpool had 1% chance of beating Manchester United, that is now 0% with the former Southampton forward ruled out for six weeks.
ST – Romelu Lukaku
Worth noting that Lukaku has played 173 of his teams’ last 185 league games, and the striker has played the full 90 minutes 51 times since the start of last season; animal.
ST – Roberto Firmino
Everything the new modern day centre-forward should be; undervalued by Klopp.