Jose Mourinho Relishes Liverpool

Jose Mourinho Relishes Liverpool Test

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In the highly anticipated encounter on Monday night, Manchester United will find themselves locking horns with Jurgen Klopp’s rejuvenated Liverpool side.

Liverpool find themselves in inspired form having won their last five games, including victories against champions Leicester City and title contenders Chelsea, while scoring sixteen goals in the process.

United will be looking to get back to winning ways after dropping two points in their draw their with Stoke City; a game they felt they should have won. The Reds Devils will however draw confidence from their Premier League double last season against the Merseyside club, with United securing victories both home and away. The first occurred in September where Anthony Martial scored that debut goal to give United a 3-1 win at Old Trafford. At Anfield Wayne Rooney converted on the 78 minute mark to give United a somewhat undeserved 0-1 away win.

Manchester United Recent Form

United have notched three wins, one draw, and one defeat in their last five games in all competitions.

18 September 2016Premier LeagueWatford1-3 Loss
21 September 2016EFL CupNorthampton Town1-3 Win
24 September 2016Premier LeagueLeicester City4-1 Win
29 September 2016Europa LeagueZorya Luhansk1-0 Win
2 October 2016Premier LeagueStoke City1-1 Draw

Liverpool Recent Form

Liverpool are in great form having won their last 5 games.

10 September 2016Premier LeagueLeicester City4-1 Win
16 September 2016Premier LeagueChelsea1-2 Win
20 September 2016EFL CupDerby County0-3 Win
24 September 2016Premier LeagueHull City5-1 Win
1 October 2016Premier LeagueSwansea City1-2 Win

Injury Updates

Jose will be relieved that both Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be available for selection on Monday. Shaw has not featured since suffering an injury during the 3-1 defeat to Watford a month ago, while Mkhitaryan has been on the sidelines for a similar amount of time with a thigh injury. Henrikh though, who has gotten off to a slow start to his United career, will be looking to impress as he faces his former employer Klopp from his Borussia Dortmund days.

When Mourinho was pressed about Rooney being dropped for the the England national team, he wasn’t willing to say much on the matter.

“England is not my problem. He is good, he is prepared, he is training well, he is positive.”

However, he was more forthright when asked about the Manchester United Liverpool rivalry.

“I have to feel it, I have to play and then take my conclusions. But I am in England for a long time; obviously I’ve never played this match, but I’ve played against Liverpool and many times against Man United. I understand the dimension of the clubs  and now I understand better the dimension of two big historical rivals.”