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Liverpool v Manchester United: Eight things you need to know about the Anfield showdown

By David Smith

Published 14/10/2016

Jose Mourinho, right, then of Real Madrid, met Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2013
Jose Mourinho, right, then of Real Madrid, met Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2013

Liverpool host Manchester United in a mouth-watering Anfield showdown on Monday night. Here is everything you need to know about the match.

What time does it start and what channel is it on?

Kickoff is at 8pm on Monday night at Anfield, and the match will be shown live on MNF Sky Sports One (channel 401). Coverage starts at 7pm.

Who is the ref?

Anthony Taylor will take charge of the clash.

What are the odds?

Liverpool 21/20; Draw 12/5; Man United 11/4

Liverpool currently sit fourth in the table, with the Red Devils breathing down their necks in sixth place.

Liverpool team news

Defensive duo Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne returned to training on Wednesday, and both should be fit for Monday night's showdown.

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (R) celebrates after scoring their first goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (R) celebrates after scoring their first goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (3rd L) reacts to a missed chance during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 17, 2016. The game ended 1-1, Liverpool going through 3-1 on aggregate. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal applauds the fans as he walks down the touchline after the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates a 3-1 aggregate victory after the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling (R) vies with Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal sits on the bench with assistant Ryan Giggs during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates a 3-1 aggregate victory after the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (R) celebrates with Liverpool's French defender Mamadou Sakho after scoring their first goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho scores his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Flares are lit by the Liverpool supporters during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (left) is substituted for teammate Divock Origi (right) during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Serbian referee Milorad Mazic (R) speaks to Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini gestures after a clash with Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans let off a red flare in the stands during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool reacts during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Jesse Lingard of Manchester United grabs the ball as he is fouled during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has a shot on goal during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PA
Manchester United's Welsh assistant manager Ryan Giggs (R) gestures as Liverpool's English midfielder James Milner prepares to take a throw-in during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Anthony Martial (second right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool reacts as Ryan Giggs Assistant Manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Goalkeeper David De Gea of Manchester United stretches to make a save during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saves a header by Manchester United's Jesse Lingard during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Sir Alex Ferguson in the stands during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (left) walk down the touchline before the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Anthony Martial of Manchester United scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on as Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool stretches prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A supporter arrives at the ground prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's French defender Mamadou Sakho warms up ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Michael Carrick (left) leads his side out for the warm up before the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Michael Carrick leads his side out for the warm up before the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Match day scarves are sold outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Match day scarves are displayed outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Match day scarves are displayed outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A general view outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
File photo dated 16-03-2016 of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes he has the game plan to counter Manchester United at Old Trafford. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read Peter Byrne/PA Wire
File photo dated 16-03-2016 of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2016. Manchester United are facing an uphill battle, but Louis van Gaal is only contemplating victory and Europa League progress against Liverpool. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester United to face Liverpool in the 2nd leg of their Europa League tie at Old Trafford, Manchester, England (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes his side can progress past Liverpool
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is a man with a plan to face Manchester United.

Clyne will slot in at right back, while Lovren is expected to replace Ragnar Klavan at centre half.

However, Jurgen Klopp is sweating over the fitness of midfielders Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum.

Lallana injured his hamstring in the Reds' 2-1 victory over Swansea before the international break, while Wijnaldum picked up a similar injury for Holland in their 1-0 defeat to France.

Joe Gomez remains a long term absentee.

Manchester United team news

Luke Shaw and Henrik Mikhtaryan are both major doubts for the Red Devils ahead of their trip to Merseyside.

Both players missed the international break. Mikhtaryan is recovering from a thigh injury, while Gareth Southgate revealed that Shaw "isn't fully fit yet".

Daley Blind is likely to deputise at left back in Shaw's absence, while Mikhtaryan has struggled to secure a starting berth for Mourinho's side.

Phil Jones remains sidelined after sustaining a knee injury in September.

Recent History

Liverpool have lost more Premier League matches (27) against Manchester United than versus any other opponent.

United have won all four of their last league meetings between the sides.

Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates as Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates as Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates alongside Liverpool's Divock Origi (left) at the end of the game during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (C) applauds the fans following the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. Liverpool won the match 2-0. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (C) applauds the fans following the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. Liverpool won the match 2-0. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson applauds the fans following the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. Liverpool won the match 2-0. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool supporters celebrates in their side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Smoke from a flare lingers over the pitch during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal (L) and Manchester United's Welsh assistant manager Ryan Giggs sits in the dug out during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool (11) celebrates with Emre Can (23) as he scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates as he scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates as Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates as Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates as Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (C) celebrates scoring his team's first goal from the peanlrty spot during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores his sides first goal of the game from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
de Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea (L) attempts to save penalty from Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (C) during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans wave flags and banners ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans fly a huge flat ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp reacts ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (L) vies with during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool reacts during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: David Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson look on from the stand prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Liverpool fans wave flags and banners prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Liverpool fans wave flags and banners prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Liverpool fans show their support prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp reacts ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Louis van Gaal manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A Liverpool club crest is seen prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Fans wait outside a cafe prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Merchandise for sale prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool and Manchester United meet in a European competition for the first time in the UEFA Europa League round of 16, the first leg is at Anfield on March 10, 2016 with the 2nd leg on March 17, 2016 at Old Trafford,Manchester, England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Liverpool and Manchester United meet in a European competition for the first time in the UEFA Europa League round of 16, the first leg is at Anfield on March 10, 2016 with the 2nd leg on March 17, 2016 at Old Trafford,Manchester, England (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (right) and assistant manager Ryan Giggs watch their players during during a training session at the Aon Training Complex, Manchester. Wednesday March 9, 2016. PA
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge during a training session at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool. PA
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during a training session at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. PA
Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Melwood Training Ground on March 9, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during a press conference at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Adam Lallana during a press conference at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during a press conference at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool smiles during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Melwood Training Ground on March 9, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Last season, Louis Van Gaal's side beat the Reds 3-1 in Old Trafford, before nicking a 1-0 victory at Anfield.

However, Liverpool came out on top when the sides met in the Europa League, winning 3-1 on aggregate.

Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho have locked horns on five previous occasions, and the German has come out on top

(3W, 1D, 1L).

Clash of Styles

The clash of styles on display at Anfield will be fascinating.

Klopp has implemented his 'gegen-pressing' tactics to devestating effect this season, and Liverpool have covered more distance (814.8), and made more sprints (4165) than any other side in the Premier League.

Liverpool, Man City and Spurs all lead the way in these statistics, and all three sides are currently in the top four.

Arsenal, who are second in the league, used similar tactics to huge success in their recent demolition of Chelsea.

In contrast, Man United have covered the least distance in the entire league (735.6km). They have made 3524 collective sprints, which ranks as the eight best in the league.

The stats suggest that Jose Mourinho's side aren't working as hard as their rivals, and are struggling to implement a pressing game.

Liverpool are also extremely vulnerable from set pieces, while United have scored more goals (4) from set plays than any other side this season.

Key Battle: Henderson v Pogba

Jordan Henderson has had more touches, and completed more passes than any other Premier League player this season.

Only George Boyd has run further than the Liverpool skipper's average of 11.8km per game.

Pogba, on the other hand, has struggled to enforce himself on the Premier League, and seems ill suited to sitting in front of the back four alongside Marouane Fellaini.

Despite this, the French midfielder has completed more passes than any of his teammates so far this season, and scored a 30 yard screamer for his country during the international break.

In terms of attack, both men have one goal to their name. Pogba has yet to register an assist, while Henderson has managed one.

Whichever midfielder comes out on top could be key to the result on Monday night.

Joel Matip faces a battle to shackle Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Daley Blind will have his hands full with the rampant Saido Mane.

A win for either side could provide momentum for a title tilt.

Irish Independent

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