For Premier League enthusiasts, the international break represents an incredibly unwelcome hump in the road. There’s only so many times you can watch England struggle to thump such international minnows as Malta and Slovenia before it all gets very tiresome.
But once the current batch of international fixtures are over, Premier League fans will be counting down the days until one of the biggest fixtures on the footballing calendar – Liverpool vs Manchester United on October 17th.
Neither club may boast the prestige and success of yesteryear, but the North West derby remains one of the most-watched fixtures in world football, famed for its combination of exciting attacking play, dramatic refereeing decisions and nastiness.
Overall, it’s a real spectacle. But the match could have even more significance this year with Manchester United expected to be involved in the title race and Liverpool firing on all cylinders during the opening weeks of the season, currently laying just two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Surrounded by their Anfield home and enjoying a rich run of form, it appears to be advantage Liverpool ahead of kickoff – especially considering Jurgen Klopp’s impressive record against Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.
Indeed, it’s usually the Special One who comes out on top in head-to-head duels, but Klopp leads the way in this instance, wining three and losing just one of his five prior encounters with the Portuguese.