Liverpool journey to Southampton on Monday night hoping to revive a three-point lead on the high of the Premier League desk.
The Reds dropped factors at Newcastle final day out as the 2 sides battled out a goalless stalemate at St James’ Park.
Manchester United capitalised on Liverpool’s uncommon hit upon the highway and joined them on the high of the desk, albeit they sit behind Jurgen Klopp’s aspect on objective distinction.
Nonetheless, if the champions fail to win at St Mary’s on Monday, one thing which hasn’t been achieved for nearly 17 months might happen subsequent week.
The Crimson Devils might transfer forward of their bitter rivals for first time for the reason that opening weekend of final season, the place they have been forward of Liverpool on objective distinction after the primary matchday of the 2019/20 marketing campaign.
If Liverpool fail to win this night they’ll both stay on 33 factors (in the event that they lose) or transfer on to 34 factors (in the event that they draw), and this implies United might surpass them into first place subsequent Tuesday.
That’s the day the Crimson Devils tackle Burnley to make up their sport in hand, having began the season one week late as a result of their European commitments in 2019/20 permitting them further day without work.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect have been climbing their method up the desk below the radar in current weeks and joined the reigning champions on 33 factors after 16 matches by securing a hard-fought 2-1 win over Aston Villa on New 12 months’s Day.
It was an eighth win in ten Premier League video games and match winner Bruno Fernandes mentioned United are getting into the precise route after the sport.
“I feel we’re constructing one thing necessary,” Fernandes mentioned. “We all know that. “An important for us is constructing a crew. Constructing a bunch of gamers who maintain one another.”
In the meantime, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has performed down the probability he’ll utilise the January switch window to ease his issues in central defence.
He presently has no match senior centre-backs with Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez long-term absentees with critical knee accidents and Joel Matip sidelined for 3 weeks with a groin drawback.
“We’ve options within the squad clearly however we struggled nonetheless with accidents,” mentioned Klopp.
“For more often than not with centre-half place. It will probably occur like this when it begins and doesn’t cease.
“We’ve options with the squad but when we are able to do one thing within the window I dunno, it’s like that.
“It’s a very troublesome switch window as you may think about. Not the entire golf equipment have actual cash.”