Friday, 30 August 2013

Premier League - Matchpack: Liverpool v Manchester United - Yahoo! Eurosport UK


Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel is set to make his return to action in Sunday's clash with Manchester United at Anfield. Skrtel, yet to feature this season, is available after recovering from a knee problem, but full-back Aly Cissokho will play no part in the contest after picking up an ankle injury in Tuesday's Capital One Cup victory against Notts County that could see him sidelined for four to six weeks. Two other Liverpool players who came off injured in that game, defender Kolo Toure (groin) and midfielder Joe Allen (hamstring), are doubts for Sunday.

Manchester United boss David Moyes could stick with the same starting line-up for Sunday's trip to Liverpool. Defender Phil Jones is expected to recover from the blow to his back he sustained during Monday's goalless draw with Chelsea. Rafael (hamstring) is still out injured, whilst Nani (groin), Jonny Evans (ankle) and Javier Hernandez (hamstring) were not involved against Jose Mourinho's men.


Brendan Rodgers: "There is nothing to report until you have a player signed and in the building, and obviously because of the nature of the window and, certainly in this country, the nature of the gossip and speculation that goes on, there are so many players linked with the football club that if you answered every single question, you'd be here all day and all night. You are better to say nothing until the player is in the building. Until that point it is only ever speculation."

David Moyes: "Wayne Rooney has been a great player for many years for Manchester United. I felt he played very well the other night and he's looking in good condition and is mentally in good shape too. We told you and everybody else from day one (that he wasn't for sale) so I don't think there's anything else to add today,"


Liverpool have won four successive Barclays Premier League games - they last won five in a row back in May 2009.

Manchester United have been given eight red cards versus Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League; more than against any other team.

Daniel Sturridge has scored 10 goals in his last eight appearances in all competitions for Liverpool.

Liverpool last started a Premier League season with three consecutive wins in 1994/95 when Roy Evans was in charge.

Last season's 2-1 win was the first time in five seasons that Manchester United won at Anfield in the Premier League (D1 L3).

Steven Gerrard has scored four goals in his last six Premier League appearances against Manchester United; including a goal in each of the last two encounters at Anfield.

Manchester United have not lost any of their last 13 Premier League away games – the longest current run in the competition.

David Moyes masterminded just three wins in 22 Premier League clashes with Liverpool when he was Everton manager (D7 L12). None of those wins came at Anfield (D6 L5).

If Manchester United win this match, it will equal David Moyes' best start to a Premier League season (2006/07; seven points from three games).

Only fixtures between Everton and Liverpool (20) have seen more red cards handed out than the Premier League clashes between Manchester United and Liverpool (14).

Robin van Persie has scored four times in his last three Premier League appearances against Liverpool (twice for Arsenal and twice in two games for Manchester United).


Liverpool 13/8, Manchester United 19/10, Draw 9/4

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