Liverpool face Manchester United on Sunday as they continue their quest for a first league title in 30 years.
The Reds have been in far better form than their fierce rivals so far this term – the 27-point gap in the table says as much – but with this likely to be an intense affair, the Red Devils will be hoping to cause an upset and grab all three points.
Marcus Rashford is one of the players that Jurgen Klopp will have pinpointed as someone his team must look out for. So far this campaign, the 22-year-old has scored 19 goals in 30 games in all competitions. Unfortunately for United, he could be out of the clash due to injury – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will no doubt be hoping that isn’t the case.
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In the build-up to the game, there has been a debate as to whether Rashford would get into the Anfield outfit’s starting XI. James Robson, the Manchester correspondent for The Evening Standard, has said he’s the only player capable of breaking up Liverpool’s front three.
Rashford has scored more than any Liverpool player this season – & in a struggling United team.
For me, he breaks up Mane, Salah & Firmino. He has to play on the left, so rearrange the other two as you wish. #mufchttps://t.co/jVnfeN875V
— James Robson (@jamesrobsonES) January 16, 2020
This has not gone down well with the Liverpool fans, and they have taken to Twitter to slam the journalist.
Wow u really are deluded, his first good season and he gets in our front 3 🤣🤣 brilliant
— Cathal Robinson (@CathalRobinson) January 16, 2020
— Jack Stephens (@jack98stephens) January 16, 2020
Utter rubbish, I’m embarrassed for you.
— Stuart Patterson (@eurochamps75) January 16, 2020
Given that Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have scored 38 goals between them, they haven’t lost in the Premier League for over a year, and they had all three of their forwards included in the top 20 of the Ballon d’Or rankings, it does seem a tad fanciful.
With Robson saying that Rashford should play on the left, that would effectively mean Sadio Mane would need to drop out or move position. This is something the supporters vehemently disagree with.
Mane sends his love to the random guy on twitter needing likes and lots of attention pic.twitter.com/LrkDnYxcp7
— Kop_world19 (@mersey_reds19) 16 January 2020
Rashford over Mane? Are you okay?
— AS (@deyonteomari) January 16, 2020
Writing and football isn’t for you if you actually believe Rashford is a better player than Mane
— Matthew gill (@statto190379) January 16, 2020
He plays on the left instead of Mane?😂😂😂😂😂judge them on the last 3 seasons..
And will you remind us how many penalties Rashford has scored and goals in the Thursday night pub league..poor journalism
— Gary smith (@Garysmi41218196) January 16, 2020
Others, meanwhile, have suggested that Rashford would struggle to even make the bench.
Rashford wouldnt even make our bench
— FirminoSzn (@JacobBElkins) January 16, 2020
To be honest, Rashford would struggle to get on LFC ‘s bench, now that we got Minamino …
— Macedonian_Red (@Macedonian_Red) 16 January 2020
Whilst you can understand the disbelief in regards to Robson’s comments, this is a little much. Rashford has proven himself to be one of the better attackers in the division this term, and he is just 22. He has a bright future ahead of him – one day, this claim may not be too surprising.