Fomer Liverpool star David Fairclough believes José Mourinho will set his Manchester United team up to park the bus at Anfield this Monday.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are the joint-highest goalscorers in the League this season alongside Manchester City, having found the back of the net on 18 occasions in their seven games so far.
Fairclough expects the Merseysiders will again come out all guns blazing in front of the Kop.
But he predicts that Mourinho will try to frustrate the hosts.
The former winger says: “I think games against United are normally [high tempo] but this time [they could] approach it a bit softer in terms of not rushing out – they won’t want to make it open,” he says.
“They’ll have done their homework, obviously, and they’ll try to frustrate Liverpool – we know how José Mourinho approaches games at Anfield. But from Liverpool’s point of view, I don’t think we’ll see much change.
“Liverpool will play that style that we know they’re now comfortable with and, if they get an early breakthrough, they could make life easier for themselves.”
And the five-time League and three-times European Cup winner adds that Anfield will be pumping when the Red Devils come to town.
He says: “Underneath the lights, Anfield is a totally different place.
“There will be that urgency to win, we love beating Manchester United, and it’s a big game so everyone can’t wait for it.
“It’s an awkward fixture, they’re huge rivals. But we can set the tempo with the atmosphere.”