Two of the world’s top attackers will collide in a clash of the titans at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, as Manchester United play host to Liverpool in the Premier League.
The Red Devils have dropped to sixth in the table amid their poor run of form, while Jurgen Klopp’s side find themselves one point adrift leaders Chelsea.
There is hardly any better combination in football than the Champions League and Cristiano Ronaldo. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner literally rose head and shoulders above the rest to save United’s bacon in a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over Atalanta BC in midweek.
However, pressure continues to pile on the shoulders of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is said to retain the faith of the Red Devils board for the time being, but such struggles after welcoming Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to the club have left more questions needing to be answered.
Still unbeaten in all competitions since the season commenced, second-placed Liverpool are one point behind leaders Chelsea and are the only team in the top flight without a single defeat to show from their opening eight matches.
Atletico Madrid’s defence were powerless to stop Mohamed Salah with the ball glued to his feet, as the Egyptian wing king continued to stake his claim as the best in the world with yet another stunning solo effort at the Wanda Metropolitano – although James Milner’s deflection was a significant help.
Tuesday’s success over Atletico also marked the ninth game in a row that Klopp’s side have chalked up at least two goals – with the Salah-Firmino-Mane triumvirate proving just as effective as it was four years ago – and the Reds have won nine and drawn two of their last 11 away matches in the division since a 3-1 defeat to Leicester City back in February.