Man United vs Liverpool
It’s been apparent for a while that Manchester City will win the Premier League.
But the race for who will come second in the division remains hotly contested.
This week the stakes for coming in the Premier League top four received an overall boost, as UEFA confirmed that all four EPL qualifiers will go straight into the Champions League group stage.
Nevertheless, local bragging rights are still up for grabs. And Man United, currently second, are fighting to finish the season behind Liverpool, who are just two points back.
Man United host Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 10.
But could Liverpool have the edge over United? There’s no doubt that Jose Mourinho will be envious of Jurgen Klopp’s selection update.
Liverpool vs Newcastle
This weekend Liverpool host Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle at Anfield.
Ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp has received a major boost as, for the first time this season, the manager has a full squad of players to pick from.
As reported in the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool have a clean bill of health:
Remarkably, 40 matches into the campaign, Klopp could have every member of his first-team squad available to face Rafa Benitez’s side.
A virus ruled Gini Wijnaldum, Danny Ings and Ben Woodburn out of last weekend’s win over West Ham but they are set to be back in contention for Saturday’s visit of Newcastle.
Nathaniel Clyne, who has missed the entire season following back surgery, got through 90 minutes unscathed on his comeback for Liverpool Under-23s as he eyes a Premier League return.
Of course, it helps that Liverpool have farmed out Daniel Sturridge to West Brom.
It should also be noted that Liverpool’s fitness update is not just an issue of luck.
Fitness coach Andreas Kornmayer is a big factor too. He kept the Bayern squad to full fitness at the end of their 2013 treble winning season.
Hence Klopp wanting him at Anfield. 👍
— lizzie (@lizziesw) February 28, 2018