Ferdinand: I can see a Man City vs Liverpool Champions League final

Ferdinand: I can see a Man City vs Liverpool Champions League final

Ferdinand: I can see a Man City vs Liverpool Champions League final

The buildup to the game has been dominated by the war of words between Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp, in which the Man United boss has accused Liverpool of overspending and their lack of trophies. Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold (foot) and Joel Matip (broken collarbone) this week joined Joe Gomez (fractured leg) on the injury list, leaving Klopp with just two fit centre-halves in Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren.

United meanwhile were enduring a horrific season, with most commentators labelling David Moyes a dead man walking.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is adamant his side aren't "underdogs" ahead of their clash against Liverpool, insisting they will take the game to their hosts.

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The Red Devils have endured a hard third season under Mourinho so far, which see them already 18 points below rivals Manchester City in the Premier League.

"And it's not that the two sides have been coming into a derby like this with contrasting form, that's happened a lot".

"The latest is to tell you that in Valencia only [David] De Gea and [Nemanja] Matic were available to play and didn't travel by decision", Mourinho said.

"I'm not so sure United have got that and they haven't shown it yet this season at all in any game whatsoever".

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"They have pretty much everything".

Liverpool's attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are all yet to score or assist in a PL match for the club against United, despite playing a combined total of 855 minutes.

"I was never interested in the points of Manchester United and I am not today", he said on Friday.

"I think trophies matter", said Mourinho, who has won the Carabao Cup and Europa League at Old Trafford while Klopp has lost both those finals as well as the Champions League.

" If people say the Champions League campaign last season was not a success because we didn't win the final then I can not change that". I just focus on what Liverpool are doing.

"I expect them to receive a strong challenge [from Liverpool] but they should still be in a position to weather that". It's also worth bearing in mind that four of Liverpool's last six home games in all competitions have seen an Under 2.5 Goals bet land.

"When you can hear them pushing you on, it gives you that extra burst to go again and I think that's something that is tough to explain because the adrenaline overtakes what's going on and you find that extra burst of energy".

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