Liverpool's march towards the Premier League title set to continue on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Liverpool side are now being heralded as one of the greatest teams we’ve seen in the Premier League era, and rightly so; there’s a good chance they finish the season with more points than Arsenal’s Invincibles or Sir Alex’s treble-winning Manchester United side.
And in mid-January, remarkably, Manchester United—and the worst Manchester United we’ve seen in many, many years—remain the only side to lay a glove on Liverpool this season. If that doesn’t bear the hallmarks of one of the greatest sides we’ve seen in many years, I don’t know what does.
Casting my mind forward to the game ahead, I’m backing Liverpool to win to nil, priced at 6/4.
Liverpool to win is a foregone conclusion in my eyes. United have won just two of their last eight away games in all competitions, while Klopp’s men…well, we all know about their winning and winning and winning.
The real point of interest in this bet, considering Liverpool are 1/3 to claim maximum points, is Liverpool’s clean sheet.
After a run of eight league games without registering a shut-out, The Reds have now kept six clean sheets on-the-spin, and their settled back four with Joe Gomez partnering Virgil van Dijk looks formidable.
As for United, they’ve failed to score in three of their last four away games (against Watford, Burnley and Arsenal), and with the talismanic Marcus Rashford an injury doubt, boosting a Liverpool victory from 1/3 to 6/4 by adding a home clean sheet looks like fair value, especially when you see United have scored just one goal in their last four games at Anfield.
I’m also backing Brandon Williams to be shown a card at 12/5.
The young left-back has certainly bedded-in nicely at Premier League level, and he’s also a combative individual – which the Old Trafford faithful love.
Williams has been booked four times in the league despite starting just five games, and this fixture at Liverpool is sure to be an emotionally-driven, feisty affair, especially for the defender, who is a local lad.
Craig Pawson, who is officiating, has dished out 4.18 yellows-per-game in the league (the fourth-highest of anyone this season), and this’ll hopefully contribute towards this 12/5 shot landing.