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Phil Thompson has made a few surprising predictions ahead of Liverpool v Man United

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Arguably the biggest clash in Premier League football occurs this weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, Manchester United will travel to Liverpool in what may be considered to be the most bitter rivalry in English football.

United will go into the game with the upper hand having enjoyed an electric start to the season, and thus will be favourites to take the three points.

In contrast, Liverpool have been struggling of late, having only won once in their last seven games.

To make matters even worse, influential winger Sadio Mane will miss the game due to a hamstring strain picked up on International duty with Senegal.

Liverpool rely heavily on the former Southampton man's pace; and he will no doubt be a miss.

Nevertheless, whenever these giants collide the contest is always a fascinating encounter, and thus many pundits have already had their say on the outcome.

The most surprising prediction of all has arguably been made by Phil Thompson.

The former Liverpool player and assistant manager was adamant that Liverpool would not only win, but that they would also earn a clean sheet in the process.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, the 63-year-old said: "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."

Wow. You will struggle to see a bolder set of predictions than that.

Thompson's comments seem even more absurd when you realise that Liverpool have not tasted victory against Manchester United in their past six meetings in the league, and in those contests the Reds have only kept one clean sheet.

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Manchester United now possess one of the most talented attack in the Premier League; with Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all enjoying fruitful seasons.

However, the Reds usually thrive playing against the leagues top six, having been undefeated by the top six in the 2016/2017 season; with five wins and five draws.

Although they have lost that unbeaten run against Manchester City last month; the Merseyside club have already proven what they can do this year with a 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal.

Even though his predictions do seem bold, Liverpool can be unstoppable on their day and there is at least some evidence that they can pull off an upset.tho

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