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Liverpool aiming to avoid 10-point gap to United

Liverpool host Manchester United on Saturday hoping to prove they can be considered genuine challengers for the Premier League title this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side head into the game seven points behind their big rivals, but a victory would close that gap and show their rivals that they mean business.

Three wins, three draws and a defeat this term have highlighted Liverpool’s inconsistencies, particularly in defence.

Their record of 12 goals conceded is the joint third worst in the Premier League, and Klopp appears incapable of resolving the problem.

Taking a defensive approach may be the way to go against United, but it’s unlikely that the German will abandon his attacking principles.

Sadio Mane’s absence through injury is a major blow, so any Liverpool victory would probably come by a small margin.

A 2-1 win for the home side is available at 9/1, but check out this list of betting sites to get the very best odds on the game.

Philippe Coutinho will be eager to prove he’s the man for the big occasion, so the 8/1 on offer for the Brazilian to score the first goal is worth checking out.

If Klopp does decide to try and shore things up at the back to try and stifle United, odds of 23/10 for a draw could pay dividends.

Both sides are priced at 13/8 to secure a victory and that appears generous for a United side who have been hugely impressive this season.

United have won six and drawn one of their seven league games this season, scoring 21 goals and conceding just two.

Mourinho is without injured midfield pair Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini, but top scorer Romelu Lukaku has shaken off an ankle problem and will play.

The Belgian star has already scored seven goals this term and can be backed at a tempting 13/10 to add to that tally this weekend.

United have lost one of their last eight meetings with Liverpool in all competitions and are available at 16/5 to be leading at half-time and full-time on Saturday.

Mane’s absence could see Liverpool struggle for goals, and a 2-0 victory for United at odds of 12/1 wouldn’t be a major surprise.

United look capable of mounting a serious title challenge this season, but Liverpool’s defensive issues seem set to hinder any hopes they have of getting involved.

The home side should get on the scoresheet, but odds of 4/1 for United to win and both teams to score looks the way to play this one.