After what feels like the longest two weeks ever, the Premier League is back - and it’s back with a bang.
England failed to entertain us during the previous fortnight with an uninspiring 2-0 victory over Malta and a pretty terrible 0-0 draw with Slovenia.
But forget about the Three Lions because one of the biggest matches in the Premier League calendar is about to take place.
No, we’re not talking about Middlesbrough vs. Watford on Sunday afternoon. Of course, we mean Liverpool vs Manchester United on Monday night at Anfield.
The fierce rivalry between these two sides has been strong for quite a few decades now but, this year, it might be even stronger. Not only is Jose Mourinho in the United hotseat - a manager Liverpool fans love to hate - but the sides are also expected to be title rivals in this coming campaign.
Rarely in the history of the Premier League have both Liverpool and United competed for the title in the same season but, if all goes to plan for the respective clubs, that will be the case this time around.
While Liverpool have made an impressive start to the season with 16 points from their opening 7 matches, the Red Devils can only just be satisfied with their efforts. After defeats to Manchester City and Watford, and a draw at home to Stoke, Mourinho’s men are three points adrift of the Merseysiders.
But there’s no way Jurgen Klopp will be underestimating his opposition come Monday night. In fact, he believes he will be facing three ‘world-class’ players.
“I am manager of Liverpool FC so I know it is not allowed to like United players!” admitted Klopp.
However, he went on to name a trio of players from their arch-rivals that he rates extremely highly.
"Rooney is a goal scorer and a threat. A situation like this can happen in a long career. From my side, he's a world-class player."
Klopp also revealed his admiration for summer signings Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of the titanic clash.
He added: "They are both world-class players, when they’re in your team they are not worst than last year, for sure.
"Unfortunately this is a really strong side from Manchester, they know about football, they’re experienced, cool in the right moments, they don’t need world-class performances to win a game.
"Even on rainy days, it’s possible to score and win but it doesn’t mean they will win the game. It just means they have a chance."
Klopp will just be hoping United’s three ‘world-class’ players don’t perform to the best of their ability on Monday night as his side look to win their fifth Premier League game in a row
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