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Premier League 2020-21 Rescheduled: Manchester United vs Liverpool

After beating the visitors Southampton Fc in the Premier League, Liverpool Fc (The Reds) are due to play their rescheduled Premier League fixture with the hosts Manchester United Fc.

Date: 13 May 2021 (Thursday) ; Time: 8:15 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Manchester, England.

The game was originally scheduled to take place on 02 May 2021 but was postponed due to security reasons after some Manchester United Fc (The Red Devils) Fans gained entry to Old Trafford Stadium to demonstrate against the Glazer Family (The Red Devils Owners).

As per various reports; to avoid the upcoming game being postponed game, security measures are being beefed up which also includes reviewing travel arrangements for the Players ahead of the game.

Jürgen Klopp in all likelihood might retain the majority of the side that beat the visitors Southampton Fc but there might be the possibility of benchwarmers like Xherdan Shaqiri, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones, Rhys Williams, Neco Williams and so on being considered for the upcoming fixture.

In terms of recent meetings between the two sides; the Reds has a dreadful away record facing the hosts Red Devils.

Since March 2014, the Reds have not beaten the Red Devils at Old Trafford (including the narrow loss to the hosts Red Devils in the FA Cup 2020-21 Fourth Round).

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: Prior to the Southampton Fc home clash; Ozan Kabak, James Milner, Naby Keïta and Ben Davies were sidelined due to unspecified minor injury concerns. The Club will hope that the injured Quartet (especially Kabak) will recover in time for the next game.

Divock Origi has been sidelined for an unspecified period after sustaining an unspecified muscle injury prior to the Wolverhampton Wanderers Fc away game.

Young Goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher has been ruled out for an indeterminate period due to an unspecified injury that seems to be a stomach muscle tear.

Despite stepping up his rehabilitation, Captain Jordan Henderson will be out of action possibly for the rest of the Season after undergoing successful corrective surgery on the adductor injury sustained during the Everton Fc home fixture.

Joël Matip has been sidelined out for the remainder of the Season after sustaining ankle ligament damage during the Tottenham Hotspur Fc away encounter but has taken a significant step on the road to full recovery.

After undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees, Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk are currently working on regaining full fitness in view of the postponed Euro 2020 Competition.

The Club has not set any timescale on the return of the Matip, Gomez and Van Dijk as being long-term absentees, the Defensive Trio looks unlikely to play this campaign.

 

Verdict: The Red Devils has 3 Premier League home fixtures in 7 days to navigate between their home clashes with the Foxes and relegation-threatened Fulham Fc.

For the Red Devils perspective, the rescheduled home fixture with the Reds will have much more significance depending on the Red Devils home clash with Leicester City Fc (The Foxes).

The ideal scenario for the Reds would be the Red Devils winning their home clash against the Foxes as the Red Devils in all likelihood might secure their second spot in the Premier League and their Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær can focus on preparing for games with much more significance (like: Villarreal CF v the Red Devils (Europa League 2020-21 Finals)).

The upcoming Europa League 2020-21 Finals will also give the chance for Ole Gunnar Solskjær to win his first silverware as a Red Devils Manager.

However, for the Reds; they will have to win their remaining fixtures in their quest for Top-four spot and hope that other Top-four contenders drop points in their remaining fixtures.

With just 4 Premier Leagues games remaining, there is no longer any room for complacency for the Reds.

 

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