UEFA: Liverpool to meet archrival Manchester United at UEFA Europa League

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Five-time European champions Liverpool and three-time UEFA champion Manchester United will clash in one of most hotly anticipated Europa league games in recent history on Thursday at Old Trafford. The two Premier League giants will face each other on Thursday with Liverpool holding a two-goal advantage from the two’s first leg match.

Liverpool’s recent 2-0 victory in their first leg match leaves them in a strong place for the second leg. Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino score the goals for Liverpool and gave Klopp’s squad a two-goal cushion.

With a two goal advantage, Liverpool are well-positioned to reach the UEFA Europa League quarterfinals that realistically represents the best chances for either club to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

“We’ll approach the second leg exactly the same as we did the first leg. That’s the only way we know,” Daniel Sturridge said in a statement, via the Liverpool Echo.

Manchester have won 12 of the 14 matches with Liverpool in all competitions. The Red Devils last turned around a 2-0 deficit after its first leg tie in the 2013 to 2014 season where it faced and beat Olympiakos 3-0 in the Champions League last 16 return leg.

Manchester United have already won 20 league titles, this includes the 11 FA Cups, four League Cups, three European Cups, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup. In addition, Manchester is also the first in the history of English football to make the treble of victories, the Premier League, the FA Cup and the highly prestigious UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool has not lost in European match since February 2015 while Manchester has netted 21 goals in their last 10 European home matches. The Red Devils face an uphill battle here as Liverpool have managed to keep four straight clean sheets in Europe and stayed unbeaten in their nine games in this competition.

But for Manchester, there still hope, key in winning this upcoming game is Juan Mata, the Spanish international who has been involved in eight goals in his last nine games against Liverpool.

Picture Courtesy: Kieran Lynam/Wikimedia Commons

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