Guy United vs. Liverpool
Sunday, January 24, 2021 – 5pm (GMT)
FA Cup Fourth Spherical
Referee: Craig Pawson
When it rains, it pours.
Liverpool’s dreadful run of shape endured on Thursday night time, as they now not handiest misplaced 1-0 to Burnley, but in addition noticed their lengthy unbeaten house run come to an finish.
It used to be arguably essentially the most disappointing evening of an an increasing number of being worried marketing campaign, with Jurgen Klopp‘s champions taking a look devoid of power, high quality and self belief.
Liverpool have an excellent chance to bop again this weekend, then again, as they consult with United for some other quickfire assembly.
Remaining weekend’s 0-0 draw at Anfield used to be a colorless affair, however a reaction is needed from the Reds and Klopp would possibly begin to take the FA Cup extra significantly now.
This is a festival that the German hasn’t proven a large number of love for up to now, however the considered defeat in opposition to Liverpool’s largest competitors, on the finish of a nasty week, doesn’t endure desirous about.
Rotation is to be anticipated, given the consistent movement of fixtures coming the Reds’ manner – they’ve Tottenham away within the Premier League subsequent Thursday – however a spirited show is wanted.
Dumping United out of the cup would move some option to repairing the wear carried out in contemporary weeks.
Liverpool’s harm woes nonetheless aren’t going away forward of the sport, with Jordan Henderson anticipated to omit out with a groin factor.
The skipper overlooked the Burnley fit and can now be hoping to be again for the travel to Spurs subsequent week.
United haven’t any new harm issues to cope with, however like Liverpool, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is certain to shuffle his pack.
Remaining 5 Away to Guy United (All Competitions)
Drew 1-1 – October 2019 (Rashford; Lallana)
Drew 0-0 – February 2019
Misplaced 2-1 – March 2018 (Rashford x2; Bailly OG)
Drew 1-1 – January 2017 (Ibrahimovic; Milner pen)
Drew 1-1 – March 2016 (Martial pen; Coutinho)
Did You Know?
As discussed, Klopp’s emotions in opposition to the FA Cup had been made moderately transparent down the years, with second-string groups and kids steadily fielded.
Actually, the Liverpool boss hasn’t ever even made it into the quarter-finals, summing up how forgettable the Reds had been within the festival.
West Ham despatched Klopp’s facet packing in a fourth-round replay again in 2016, with Angelo Ogbonna scoring the winner within the ultimate seconds at Upton Park.
The next yr, Liverpool have been dumped out on the expense of then-Championship facet Wolves at Anfield, sooner than shedding at house to West Brom in 2018 – each have been additionally within the fourth around.
In 2019, Wolves, now within the Premier League, once more proved to be Reds’ nemesis, profitable 2-1 within the 3rd around at Molineux, whilst Chelsea gained 2-0 at Stamford Bridge within the 5th around final yr.
Man United – Remaining 5 effects (all competitions)
Liverpool – Remaining 5 effects (all competitions)
Talking on Friday, Klopp used to be in indisputably that his facet can be taking the fit significantly, as they get ready to move down the M62:
“We need to win the sport. It’s a cup recreation so the sport shall be made up our minds that evening and we need to win this recreation. That’s how we will be able to make the lineup.
“It’s a unique festival and we need to undergo so we need to play actually smartly.
“United is in a just right second, get the entire effects they would like up to now and so we need to be able, 100%.”
TV & Liveblog Information
Man United vs. Liverpool kicks off at 5pm (GMT) and is reside in the United Kingdom on BBC One. Protection will get underway at 4.30pm.
Ben Twelves is in control of This Is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, protecting you corporate from 4.15pm and offering common updates.