Manchester United - Liverpool: Reds looking to book place in final eight

Liverpool will hope to hang on to their two goal advantage on Thursday evening, when the Reds travel to  Old Trafford.

Manchester United - Liverpool: Reds looking to book place in final eight
Roberto Firmino scoring the second goal, last week at Anfield. (Picture: Getty Images)

After securing a 2-0 win over Manchester United last week, Liverpool travel to Old Trafford in the second-leg of the last-16 tie in the Europa League.

Despite a two goal lead, the tie is far from over and Jurgen Klopp’s men will have a lot of work to do, if they are going to advance into the next round.

Daniel Sturridge scored a penalty in the first-half, and Roberto Firmino doubled the lead in the second half, to give Liverpool an early lead in the tie.

An early goal could kill of the game, but an early goal for United could completely change the momentum in the tie.

Louis van Gaal seems confident ahead of the match saying that even if Liverpool do score a crucial away goal, they can still advance. At his press conference, the Dutchman said "We have done that against Midtjylland in the last round. We don't want to concede, but if we do, we can score four."

Rashford nets as United score five at home in the last round (photo: reuters)
Rashford nets as United score five at home in the last round (photo: reuters)

Team News

Klopp will welcome back vice-captain James Milner, after he missed the first game through an illness.

Martin Skrtel has returned to training, but featured for the Liverpool’s under 21’s side and is unlikely to play any part in the return leg.

For the Red Devil’s, Ashley Young and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson won’t be risked by van Gaal, so won’t play no part.

German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is also unlikely to start, but will be available on the bench.

The Opposition

Since the first-leg, Manchester United featured in a FA Cup game against West Ham. United were trailing for most of the game, but Anthony Martial managed to earn them a replay.

The Europa League is the best route for either of these teams to get Champions League football next season, so both teams will be desperate to get through to the next round.

With both teams also out of the title race, this could be the only trophy they can win this season.

Head-to-Head

Last week’s defeat was the first time Louis van Gaal has lost to Liverpool, since becoming the United boss.

United have done the double over Liverpool this season, winning 3-1 and 1-0, they did the same last season as well, winning 3-0 and 2-1.

Klopp has also lost three times to the Dutchman, although he has won twice. The two managers have never drawn against each other.