Thompson makes bold claim for Liverpool, United clash

Former Liverpool centre-back Phil Thompson has backed the Reds to overcome bitter rivals Manchester United in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Anfield.

Second-placed United will visit seventh-placed Liverpool having won six of their seven league games at the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

The Red Devils have also scored 21 times in their seven fixtures this term, conceding just twice in the process.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have already shipped 12 goals in the Premier League, which is the third-worst defensive record at this stage.

Despite United entering the key match in the better form, Thompson is extremely confident that his former club will overcome Jose Mourinho’s side on Saturday afternoon.

Thompson told Sky Sports:

“I’m very confident – it’s what we [Liverpool] do.¬†Liverpool turn up in the big games. It’s going to be an absolute battle but if you look at a lot of our players, they raise their game.

“Dare I say it, but I think there’s a good chance of a Liverpool clean sheet. I fancy us as it’s here at Anfield and I think it’ll be a Liverpool victory.”

Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet since a 4-0 win over Arsenal at the end of August, and could be without centre-back Dejan Lovren this weekend.

That said, Jurgen Klopp has lost just two of his 20 Premier League matches against the top six – Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, United, Manchester City and Arsenal – since arriving at Anfield.