Manchester United v Liverpool on Premier League Live
Manchester United v Liverpool – 12.30pm
Manchester City are just four wins away from winning the league title so all that is left for their rivals is to make sure they finish best of the rest. Manchester United and Liverpool occupy second and third respectively as they prepare to go head to head at Old Trafford. The last three league meetings between the two sides have ended in draws. We were at Anfield earlier this season when it finished 0-0 in a game that United manager Jose Mourinho made sure he wasn’t going to lose. United will have to be a bit more adventurous in front of their own supporters because United fans won’t settle for a similar approach to the one used on Merseyside in October. Marcus Rashford made a difference when he came on against Crystal Palace on Monday night so that could force him into starting 11.
Liverpool are the second highest scorers in the league so you can understand why Mourinho needs to nullify the threat of that front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Liverpool have picked up 25 points from their last 10 games so they’ll be confident of maintaining their good form. Jurgen Klopp was able to leave top scorer Salah on the bench against Porto on Tuesday night because the tie was wrapped up. Loris Karius has played the last nine games for Liverpool and he’s looked a bit more assured since his run in the team but tomorrow is the kind of game he will be judged on. Liverpool have been heavily criticised for their defensive frailties under Klopp so all eyes will be on their record signing Virgil van Dijk. A draw wouldn’t be a bad result for either side especially with Chelsea dropping off the pace in recent weeks.
Ron Jones and Gary Breen will be in the commentary box at Old Trafford.
Everton v Brighton – 3pm
Both sides go into the game on 34 points after 29 games but there’s no prizes for guessing which club is the happier. When Sam Allardyce was appointed manager of Everton he had his work cut out to convince the fans he was the right man for the job and not much has changed since then. The Toffees have won only two of their last 11 league games but they have lost just once in their last nine matches at Goodison Park. Brighton’s win over Arsenal last week stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games and it moved them one step closer to survival. Glenn Murray’s form has been key to their rise up the table and with seven league goals this calendar year - only Mo Salah and Sergio Aguero have more in 2018. Chris Hughton picked up the manager of the month award but he’ll be more concerned with his sides away form. The Seagulls haven't won away from home in the league since a 1-0 win over Swansea at the start of November.
Phil Kinsella and Brian Kerr will be in the commentary box at Goodison Park
This week’s guest in the Boot Room will be Graeme Souness who will be reflecting on his time as Galatasaray manager. The former European Cup winner with Liverpool moved to Turkey in 1995 and he’ll always be remember for the moment he planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre circle away to Fenerbahce after they’d beaten their bitter rivals in the Turkish Cup final.
We also have a great competition on the show this weekend. We’re giving you the chance to head along to a Premier League game of your choice next season with thanks to Carling, the official beer of the Premier League.
Premier League Live with Sky Sports starts on todayfm.com from 12.15 and as always will be on Today FM from 2-6pm.