Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scoffed at Jurgen Klopp's claim Manchester United's goal in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool should not have stood due to a foul, the Norwegian reminding his counterpart they are not playing basketball.

United controversially took the lead late in the first half at Old Trafford when Marcus Rashford converted from Daniel James' cross.

But Liverpool were angered by the failure to award them a free-kick in the build-up after Victor Lindelof appeared to catch Divock Origi.

After a VAR review, it was decided referee Martin Atkinson did not need to consult a replay, allowing the goal to stand despite Liverpool's protests.

Klopp said he was "100 per cent sure VAR would overrule it", convinced Lindelof had fouled Origi, but Solskjaer would not entertain such opinions.

"No chance," Solskjaer said when asked if he felt it was a foul.

"We’re not playing basketball. He touched him, but it's not a clear and obvious error. I don't think it's a foul."

While the contest may not have been a classic that contained remarkable individual displays, Solskjaer was impressed with the pair who combined for United's goal.

James' pace troubled Liverpool's defence, while Rashford's direct running and off-the-ball movement kept the visiting backline guessing.

"[His] best game for ages, maybe in the 10 months with me," Solskjaer said of Rashford.

"His runs off the shoulder, he chases, defends well, holds the ball. There was a nice little race with [Virgil] Van Dijk in the corner, where you could see the boy is growing and getting stronger.

"[James] has a great attitude, no fear. He's brave, he gets kicked and gets up again. He's a nightmare to play against when he gets space. The boy has been a delight to work with, and him and Marcus played well."

Manchester United stopped the rot at Old Trafford and slowed Liverpool's Premier League title charge with a battling performance in a tightly contested 1-1 draw.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in contentious fashion with his first goal for United in over a month to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's much-improved side hope of a memorable victory.

United's hope faded with five minutes remaining, however, when Adam Lallana struck for the first time in the Premier League in over two years to claim a share of the spoils Liverpool's second-half display deserved.

Jurgen Klopp's men went into the game as favourites but had to settle for a draw, and the key Opta facts marked significant milestones on both sides of a fierce rivalry which rarely delivers a dull game.

Reds' run falls short of City's record

Victory at Old Trafford would have seen Liverpool equal Manchester City's record of 18 consecutive Premier League wins, set in 2017, but they were denied at the last hurdle.

It was the first time Klopp's side failed to win a Premier League match since their goalless draw with Merseyside rivals Everton in March.

Rashford relishes big-game pressure

Though he made an inauspicious start to the game, wasting early opportunities to attack, Rashford – who scored a wonderful goal in England’s thumping win over Bulgaria in Euro 2020 qualifying – made amends when he converted Daniel James' cross after 36 minutes.

It was the England forward's 31st Premier League goal for United, of which 11 have come against 'big six' opponents, and his third against Liverpool.

Lallana ends two-year drought

Few Liverpool fans would have held out hope of Lallana grabbing an equaliser after his 71st-minute introduction given that his previous Premier League goal came against Middlesbrough in May 2017.

The 31-year-old was in the right place at the right time to turn Andy Robertson's cross home for his first goal in 29 top-flight appearances.

Solskjaer left to rue more dropped points

While United's performance was warmly received by the Old Trafford crowd, it was not the first time Solskjaer's side have faltered when in a winning position this season.

Indeed, no side has dropped more points from winning positions than United, who have squandered eight, though Solskjaer is the only manager Klopp has faced more than once in the Premier League and failed to beat

Klopp's fighting spirit lifts Liverpool

After a frustrating first half in which they had 56.9 per cent of the possession, Liverpool dominated the second and enjoyed a 77.5 per cent share.

Lallana's late equaliser was the 28th goal Liverpool have scored in the final 15 minutes of Premier League matches since the start of the 2018-19 season.

Premier League leaders Liverpool's winning start to the season was brought to a halt as they drew 1-1 against fierce rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford's contentious goal looked set to claim all three points for United in the clash at Old Trafford, but substitute Adam Lallana hauled Liverpool level late on.

The Reds are still unbeaten in the league this season and lead the way, although Manchester City's victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday means the gap is now six points.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino will not have been pleased by another unconvincing Tottenham display despite Dele Alli rescuing a point for Spurs against Watford.

Chelsea overcame Newcastle United, while Leicester City got back on the winning trail following their heartbreak at Anfield.

Marco Silva's Everton claimed a much-needed win over West Ham, with Aston Villa beating Brighton and Hove Albion late on. Wolves drew with Southampton and Norwich City held Bournemouth in Saturday's other encounters.

Our Premier League Data Diary sheds some light on the detail behind the big stories of this weekend's big games.

 

SEVENTEEN AND OUT FOR LIVERPOOL

Lallana may have scored his first league goal since May 2017, but it was only enough to earn Liverpool a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, as the Reds failed to win for the first time in 18 Premier League matches.

It means, with 17 straight victories, the top-flight leaders fall just short of the Premier League record set by City in 2017.

Jurgen Klopp was furious that Rashford's opener was allowed to stand, though the goal means the England forward has now scored 11 times against "big six" opposition.

It was backs-against-the-wall stuff for United for much of the match, with the Red Devils registering their second-lowest possession figure (32.1 per cent) in a Premier League home match since 2003-04.

Five of the last seven Premier League meetings between the north west rivals have ended level – just four of the previous 36 encounters had been drawn.

JESUS RISES TO THE CHALLENGE AS CITY BOUNCE BACK

City's slip-up before the international break allowed Liverpool to open up an eight-point gap, but Pep Guardiola's side responded in confident fashion on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus scored his 50th City goal to put the champions ahead at Selhurst Park, with the Brazil international becoming the seventh player to reach that milestone while being coached by Guardiola, joining Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Thomas Muller and Pedro on an illustrious list. 

David Silva added City's second, just 93 seconds after Jesus' opener as Palace succumbed to a 10th home league defeat since the start of last season.

City have now won 12 of their 14 away Premier League games in 2019, three more than any other club this calendar year, while in all competitions they have won 16 of their previous 19 meetings with Palace, scoring 47 goals.

Jesus has been directly involved in 58 goals in his 64 starts across all competitions for the club, including scoring 21 in his last 20 games when featuring in the starting XI.

ALLI SAVES A POINT BUT SPURS' SLUGGISH RUN ROLLS ON

A mix-up between Kiko Femenia and Ben Foster may have allowed Alli to salvage a point for Tottenham against Watford, but Spurs have now won just three of their last 12 Premier League games, keeping just one clean sheet across those games.

Lowly Watford thought Abdoulaye Doucoure's early goal was going to be enough, but the Hornets remain winless in the Premier League this season, failing to win their opening nine league games for the first time since 2006-07, when they went on to finish bottom.

Spurs made seven changes to their starting XI for this match, with Alli rewarding Pochettino for his faith as he scored his fifth league goal against Watford.

Watford lost Danny Welbeck to injury in the fourth minute – the earliest substitution of a starting player in a Premier League match since Daniel Sturridge for West Brom against Chelsea in February 2018.

IT'S...... JAMIE VARDY

After their late defeat at Anfield, Leicester returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Burnley, albeit it was a triumph not without some controversy as Sean Dyche's side had a late goal harshly disallowed by VAR.

Jamie Vardy cancelled out Chris Wood's opener, heading home a cross from Harvey Barnes, who later became the second youngest player to provide two assists in a Premier League game for the Foxes when he teed up Youri Tielemans' winner.

Since Brendan Rodgers' first Premier League game in charge of Leicester on March 3rd, Vardy has scored 15 top-flight goals – two more than any other player.

In-form Leicester have now won four consecutive home Premier League matches for the first time since winning five in a row in May 2017, while the Clarets have won just 16 times from Burnley's 100 away matches in the top tier.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Premier League leaders Liverpool could mark a turning point in his side's campaign.

United looked set to claim a shock victory thanks to Marcus Rashford's contentious first-half goal, only for Adam Lallana to rescue a point for Liverpool late on.

The draw sees United move onto 10 points from nine league matches, though the Red Devils are without a win in all competitions since they overcame Rochdale in a penalty shootout in the EFL Cup on September 25.

Despite airing his frustration at United's failure to hold onto the points, Solskjaer suggested his side can treat the result as a watershed moment in their season.

"A great response from the boys. We know we have a team who work for each other and there's a great atmosphere," Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

"Maybe this will turn the season. They're disappointed in the dressing room because they know they should have won. 

"That's a really good sign for a manager, to see your team disappointed not to beat Liverpool. Our fans can see what's happening. We will get there.

"It's important to get results, it's the only way to grow confidence in what we're doing. A win would have been great but a draw is a step in the right direction. 

"Newcastle [1-0 loss] was a low point for us. We've got players coming back from injury and illness and we’ll only improve because more will come back very soon. I'm pleased.

"You can't look too far. You have to win games. We're Manchester United and need to win more games. It was a lost opportunity but we go to the next one."

Controversy surrounded United's opener, with Liverpool incensed the goal was not disallowed by VAR for what appeared to be a foul from Victor Lindelof on Divock Origi, though Solskjaer was unsympathetic to the visitors' claims. 

"No. It's maybe a slight touch but it's not a clear and obvious error," he said. 

"It's still a man's game, with tackles allowed. The [Liverpool] goal was handball so that is a clear one from [Sadio] Mane. We were at the right end of the VAR decisions."

While his manager took the positives, United goalscorer Rashford insisted United had to consider the result as two points dropped, rather than one gained.

"They have gained a point today. We lost two points. It's disappointing because it's such a big game on a big occasion," Rashford told BBC Sport.

"You always think positively as a player. You hope it will start a run for us. We are not in the best position and every point matters. Today we lost two."

Marcus Rashford's goal in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Liverpool demonstrated "all the problems with VAR", said Jurgen Klopp.

The England striker put United ahead after 36 minutes of a tightly fought contest at Old Trafford, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side brought Liverpool's 17-match Premier League winning streak to an end.

Liverpool appealed for the goal to be ruled out for what they claimed was a foul by Victor Lindelof on Divock Origi before Rashford broke the deadlock, and Klopp insisted after the game that his striker was taken down illegally.

Adam Lallana's 85th-minute equaliser rescued a point for the Premier League leaders, but the draw did not keep Klopp from questioning referee Martin Atkinson's decisions.

"[In the] second half we had good moments," Klopp told Sky Sports. "The first half I did not like.

"We gave United the opportunity to do what they wanted to do, being aggressive and challenges everywhere. It's football, but you have to pass these lines. The opportunities were there.

"They were better in the game than we were. They defended well but at the end United scored a goal which shows all the problems with VAR.

"Mr Atkinson lets the game run because I am sure he thinks VAR will show if there is contact. There is a foul, 100 per cent it is clear it is a foul.

"We cannot change it but in general there is a problem. They still have 60 or 70 yards to run until they scored a goal but still."

The result prevented Liverpool from restoring their eight-point lead over second-place Manchester City, but Klopp praised his side's strong finish to the game.

The Reds were on top in the closing stages and substitutes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Lallana earned special praise from their manager.

"The result is OK, it's not what we wanted before the game but the way it developed we have to be happy because United were for a long time 1-0 up," said Klopp.

"Pretty much everything went against us, but we did not lose. We deserved a point. In the last 15 minutes we were in charge of the game.

"They were purely there to defend against us. It's difficult. We should have done much better.

"When Ox came on it was good, Adam came on and helped us a lot, Naby maybe came on a bit late but had influence. Adam scored [and] that is a wonderful story to be honest."

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp "didn't like the menu" Manchester United served up in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Old Trafford on Sunday, according to Jose Mourinho.

Marcus Rashford scored at the end of a counter-attack to put United ahead in the 36th minute, with the goal controversially upheld by VAR despite Liverpool claiming Victor Lindelof fouled Divock Origi in the build-up.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side continued to frustrate the leaders, who saw a potential equaliser from Sadio Mane ruled out following a video review, but were unable to hold on for a win as Adam Lallana tapped in with five minutes remaining.

Former United boss Mourinho felt Solskjaer's game plan and three-man defence troubled Klopp, with Liverpool unable to match a Premier League record with an 18th win in succession.

"[Klopp] didn't like the menu - he wanted meat and got fish," Mourinho said on Sky Sports.

"They are happy playing against opposition who give chances on the counter-attack. Of course, United, with the limitations they have at the moment, played a different profile of game.

"They tried to stop the transition, played always with three centre-backs in position, always compact. Liverpool didn't like the menu.

"Liverpool missed the quality to play against a low block. I have to admit I'm really happy they didn't win because the other record [Chelsea's nine-match winning streak to start a season in 2005-06] is mine, not theirs.

"Sometimes they have limitations against teams with the low block. They have fantastic results but sometimes they win just in the limits.

"They can smash opponents who play the way they want to play against. Jurgen, clearly a bit of frustration. Old Trafford is a special place for Liverpool to win but he's never done it."

Jurgen Klopp was concerned the pre-match media coverage of Liverpool's trip to Manchester United had made the clash "a banana skin" and, were it not for their hosts' late lapse, the Merseysiders' unbeaten run would have come to an abrupt end.

In the lead up to Sunday's solitary Premier League contest, much of the focus had revolved around the clear and obvious gulf in quality between the two sides.

Liverpool started the day five points ahead at the summit while United found themselves just one clear of the relegation zone – it's arguable there hasn't been such a difference in quality between them in the Premier League era.

Yet, Liverpool's first-half performance belied that of a side who were out to equal the division's record of consecutive wins and unbeaten in 25. They were failing to live up to the media's hype.

There was a nervousness about Jurgen Klopp's men that is rarely seen – without the injured Mohamed Salah, the onus was on Sadio Mane to be the inspiration, but even he appeared to shy away from running at the notoriously rash Marcos Rojo.

They were profligate, too, with Roberto Firmino slicing an effort horribly before hitting a feeble effort at David de Gea when teed up by Mane.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's setup was effective at causing some discomfort for Liverpool at the very least. A back three meant wing-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Ashley Young were pushed high, therefore limiting the impact of the usually influential Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

"United need a reaction. What we've seen this season, there's no evidence that they're going to win this game," former Red Devils captain Roy Keane told Sky Sports before kick-off, with fellow pundit Jose Mourinho later suggesting their only hope would come from "heart" and desire.

Marcus Rashford displayed both in abundance. The England international's pace and direct running caused each of Liverpool's centre-backs moments of panic.

But his predictability in terms of movement in the penalty area remained notable when failing to anticipate a free-kick delivery towards the near post, making no effort to get in front of Robertson, who cleared.

He didn't make that mistake again, however. With Daniel James released up the right flank, Rashford darted into the box and made movement towards the near post in front of Joel Matip, before then jinking in behind and prodding home the cross.

It was a laudable departure given the criticism often levelled at him, while it also highlighted his effectiveness on the big stage – it was Rashford's 11th Premier League strike against the so-called 'big six', representing 35 per cent of his goals in the top flight.

The goal won't be remembered or greatly discussed for Rashford's movement, however, rather the VAR farce that allowed for it to stand in the first place, for the shaky Victor Lindelof had seemingly fouled Divock Origi when winning the ball back for the hosts. Klopp went berserk and it was easy to understand why.

"VAR can be used to overturn a subjective decision if a 'clear and obvious error' has been identified," according to the Premier League's handbook on the technology, yet Liverpool were not spared, sparking further questions of its use in England.

VAR then denied Liverpool at the other end in the second half, when Mane handled the ball en route to finding the net. As frustrating as that situation may have been for the away side, Lindelof's haplessness in the move did provide encouragement.

For all the negative noise around United this term, the defence is the one area of the team to retain a semblance of pride, with only Liverpool and Sheffield United conceding fewer than them.

But Lindelof's awkwardness in that moment was a sign of things to come, even if the Swede wasn't ultimately to blame.

A poor cross from Robertson late on was allowed to sail through the United area and find Adam Lallana for an easy finish at the back post, Rojo having mystifyingly let the ball go past him in the six-yard box.

Nevertheless, Liverpool were rewarded for their persistence and clinched a point when they previously looked devoid of craft.

Perhaps Klopp's charges slipped up to a certain extent, but this particular banana skin surely won't be looked back upon as a turning point in the title race.

Jordan Henderson felt Liverpool were unfairly denied a free-kick prior to Manchester United's opener in their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford put United ahead in the 36th minute but Premier League leaders Liverpool claimed the goal came at the end of a counter-attack that started after a foul by Victor Lindelof on Divock Origi.

Referee Martin Atkinson let play continue and the decision to allow the effort was upheld following a VAR check.

Liverpool saw a potential equaliser from Sadio Mane ruled out for handball following a video review but substitute Adam Lallana struck with five minutes remaining to earn a share of the spoils.

Asked for his opinion on Rashford's goal, Liverpool captain Henderson told Sky Sports: "I think you know the feeling because you saw our reactions. I just felt referee gave a lot of similar free-kicks to them in the first half.

"That one for me was similar to the one he gave on Marcus early on and he didn't give it for us.

"But we've got to defend the goal better and it's no excuse for us. Our performance level wasn't up to our normal standards so we've got to accept, move on, take the positives, learn from the negatives and keep pushing."

He added: "It could be a big point come the end of the season. We could've been better. We were much better in the second half but if you can't win, don't lose."

The draw saw Liverpool's winning run end at 17 Premier League games, but they still hold a six-point lead over reigning champions Manchester City at the summit.

"If we're going to compete to take the title, we're not going to need just 11, we're going to need a squad and if that's what we can take from today then brilliant," said Lallana.

"It's a point gained. We weren't at our best. People were saying it was going to be an easy three points for us, but it shows it's never the case and form goes out of the window in these games.

"It's huge, we've come to Old Trafford and got a point, we'd probably have taken that at the beginning of the season and we're still unbeaten, so it's a huge positive considering we didn't play our best."

Adam Lallana scored a late equaliser but Liverpool saw their winning streak in the Premier League come to an end with a 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's beleaguered side took the lead through Marcus Rashford's controversial opener, with Liverpool claiming Divock Origi was fouled prior to a rapid United break.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp cut an incensed figure on the touchline and his mood hardly improved when Sadio Mane had an equaliser disallowed following a VAR check for handball but, in the absence of the injured Mohamed Salah, his side lacked their usual fluency in attack.

United defended doggedly to hang on to their lead, yet their hard work was undone when they allowed substitute Lallana to tap home Andy Robertson's low cross in the 85th minute.

Manchester United deserved not to have Marcus Rashford's opener against Liverpool ruled out by VAR, according to Roy Keane.

Rashford tapped home Daniel James' cross in the 36th minute to put United 1-0 up at Old Trafford, finishing a move that started when Divock Origi lost the ball in a challenge from Victor Lindelof.

Replays appeared to show Lindelof making contact with Origi's leg, but the decision to allow the goal was upheld.

Jurgen Klopp was further annoyed when Sadio Mane saw a potential equaliser before half-time ruled out for handball following an intervention from VAR.

"Sometimes you need a few breaks in this game and United got a few breaks, but maybe they've earned it. They've been the best team," said former Red Devils midfielder Keane on Sky Sports.

Graeme Souness, an ex-Liverpool midfielder and manager, believed Rashford's strike should have been ruled out.

"I think Lindelof catches the inside of [Origi's] left leg and any way you look at it it's a foul," said Souness.

"It's a foul when you come through the back of someone, regardless of his touch. Origi has been kicked, below his left knee.

"The term is, what, 'not sufficient contact'? If you kick someone from behind it's a foul, not up for discussion."

Former United boss Jose Mourinho was unwilling to offer an opinion, though. He said: "Can I run away from it and focus on what happened after?

"Before the game I was speaking about Rashford being the only point of counter-attack. United surprised because they have two, playing with James and Rashford in a position as two wide strikers. For this goal, they transitioned well."

Marcos Rojo replaced Axel Tuanzebe in a late change to the Manchester United line-up for their Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

Tuanzebe was initially slated to start in a back three with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof but pulled out after sustaining an injury in the warm-up at Old Trafford.

Argentina international Rojo was consequently handed just his fourth start of the season - and first in the top flight since April - by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Phil Jones was added to the bench as United looked to deny leaders Liverpool a record-equalling 18th straight Premier League triumph.

David de Gea passed a late fitness test and was named in Manchester United's starting line-up against Liverpool, who welcomed Alisson back from injury but were deprived of Mohamed Salah for the clash at Old Trafford.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked De Gea after the goalkeeper recovered from a groin problem picked up while on international duty for Spain, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka was passed fit in defence while Paul Pogba missed out in midfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp handed Alisson his first start of the season after he recovered from an ankle injury, with Adrian dropping to the bench.

"Mo was not ready, he could not train with the team so I don't know where it came from, people saying he could play. Pretty much no chance for today, maybe for Wednesday [against Genk in the Champions League] we have to see," Klopp told Sky Sports.

"It’s a difference but not a massive difference if we cover it well. Mo makes the runs in behind so we have to cover these runs with somebody else.

"We played before without Mo, we don’t want to do it but it was clear we would have to do it at some point over the season. Today is the day we have to do that. We knew it for a few days so we could train for it.

Klopp had hoped Salah would bounce back from an ankle injury sustained in the Reds' victory over Leicester City but he missed out, and Divock Origi started alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in attack for the league leaders.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees parallels between Manchester United's preparation for Liverpool's arrival and the lead-up to last season's Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.

United have been tipped to struggle on Sunday in what could be a defining game for manager Solskjaer against the Premier League leaders.

But the absence of important players, plus their status as underdogs, reminds Solskjaer of the March trip to Parc des Princes, when a late Marcus Rashford penalty gave United a 3-1 second-leg win and shock last-16 victory on away goals.

Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were unavailable on that occasion, while for Sunday's match it could be David de Gea joining Paul Pogba in the Old Trafford stands.

"I can't say who is going to be available, but we'll have 11 men out there and it reminds me a little bit of the PSG situation," Solskjaer told his club's website.

"We had loads of players out, everyone writes us off and are happy about that because, how can I say it, everyone doesn't want us to win.

"But it's Manchester United people, the Manchester United family, and we need to stick together because the 11 men out there will definitely give us what they have."

United's medical room might be just as busy as it was in March but the team's form is decidedly different.

Solskjaer's men lost 1-0 at Newcastle United in their last outing and have not posted a league win since a 1-0 home triumph over Leicester City on September 14.

Asked if the international break brought frustration, Solskjaer said: "It has and it hasn't, because I think the boys needed some time to clear their heads.

"I think for me as well, as of course I was disappointed [with the Newcastle result]. Sometimes you get over a defeat quicker than other times.

"This time we were just eager to get players back, to get some players we had out for the internationals, just to get some confidence back and we're ready to go again.

"It's the perfect game for us and of course this isn't new. It’s the one we look for every year when the fixture list comes out."

Jurgen Klopp urged his players to show their "biggest balls" against Manchester United as the Liverpool manager aims to break new ground on Sunday.

The European champions have won all eight of their Premier League matches this season but will have to make history to secure three points against their bitter rivals.

Liverpool, riding high in top spot, have failed to win at Old Trafford in four visits with Klopp in charge. 

Last season's stalemate was one of three draws on the German's record and the result proved costly as Manchester City pipped the Reds to the title by a solitary point.

"Winning there would be a big next step," Klopp said. "It's not a step we have to make otherwise we cannot develop, no.

"But, of course, for our own history with me it is obviously something we have not achieved yet.

"This team wrote their own story and made their own history and this would be another step. But we cannot make it by simply talking about it.

"We have to go there and play the best football we can play, with the biggest balls, being ready for each challenge, fighting for every ball, all that stuff.

"That is what we have to do. If we can play our game, we are really an uncomfortable opponent."

Klopp will not be the only key Liverpool figure seeking to end a curious drought in one of the division's showpiece fixtures.

Star forward Mohamed Salah is yet to register a single goal in four Premier League appearances against United but should get the chance to open his account facing a team languishing in 14th.

"It is difficult to know what he's thinking," Klopp said of Salah, who will undergo a fitness test on the ankle he injured against Leicester City before the international break.

"If someone had told me he'd never scored against United I would have said: 'Really?'.

"I suppose the more you go without scoring against an opponent there may be one moment when you start scoring against them.

"All these games are big tests. I don't see it as a specific test for him, but, yes, it is a big test. And sometimes there will be old-school challenges and you have to be ready for them."

The Glazer family have owned Manchester United since 2005.

However, a change of owners could be on the cards, with Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman reportedly interested in buying the club.

Sunday's focus will be on a crunch clash with arch rivals Liverpool, but talk of a takeover at Old Trafford dominates the headlines in our look at the day's gossip.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED BRACED FOR NEW APPROACH

According to The Mirror, Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman is set to make a new offer to purchase Manchester United.

The Glazer family have owned United for 14 years, and they are not prepared to sell having reportedly turned down two offers from Bin Salman already.

However, Bin Salman is keen on investing in United – who have not won the Premier League title since 2012-13.

 

ROUND-UP

Manchester United are lining up a move for RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, reports The Express. The Red Devils are desperate for reinforcements following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez and Germany international Werner – who signed a new contract in August – has emerged as an option.

- The Daily Mail claims Paris Saint-Germain are looking to sign soon-to-be free agent Christian Eriksen from Tottenham. The Danish midfielder has been linked to Real Madrid, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and United. However, Ligue 1 champions PSG are prepared to battle for Eriksen's signature.

Manchester City are planning to offer Raheem Sterling a new bumper deal to ward off interest from Real Madrid, according to The Express. The England international has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

Wolves want to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie in January, says Calciomercato. The Premier League side attempted to lure Kessie to the Molineux before the transfer window closed, however, he did not want to leave Milan.

- Calciomercato reports that Inter have set their sights on in-demand Borussia Monchengladbach star Denis Zakaria. The Switzerland teenager has been linked to Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, United and Tottenham, and it will take at least €50million to prise him from the German club.

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