Liverpool v Manchester United: Four duels to watch

Liverpool at their best suffocate opponents into mistakes but Manchester United at their best break quickly on the counterattack to punish opponents when they think they are most dominant. But will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be bold enough to go toe-to-toe with Jurgen Klopp’s team?

And then there is how Klopp will suffocate United’s talisman, Bruno Fernandes, the major weapon driving the United charge with goals and assists.

PREMIUM TIMES highlights the expected individual battles when the league’s top title winners face off against each other in a top of the table clash on Sunday.

Thiago Alcantara v Bruno Fernandes

Thiago will start his first match at Anfield on Sunday, but in the four matches in which he has been available, the former Bayern midfielder has attempted 273 passes with about 90% accuracy.

In Fernandes, he will be up against the main United offensive point, one who has scored 11 goals and assisted a further seven. One feature of Fernandes’ game is the ability to pick the right pass that leads directly or indirectly into a goal, so Thiago has to be fully ready to spot the gaps to block them so Henderson and Fabinho do not keep running back to…

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