Liverpool take on Manchester United on Monday night in a heavyweight clash between English football’s two most decorated clubs.
Both sides have found themselves in periods of transition over recent seasons, but right now it is Liverpool that look closer to emerging as a fully-functioning team, as a shock statistic seems to suggest.
Fourth-placed Liverpool are just two points off the top of the Premier League, compared to a United side that are currently in sixth, some five points off the pace.
Though defensively suspect, going forward Liverpool are a constant threat and are displaying the sort of pace, power and work-rate that became the trademark of Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund team.
While Klopp’s Liverpool are moving towards playing the pressing game to perfection, Jose Mourinho is finding it difficult to move Manchester United away from the static style of play that took hold under Louis van Gaal.
This is demonstrated by the huge difference between the distances covered by the two teams this season. The fact that Liverpool’s players have ran more than any other side in the Premier League probably comes as no surprise, but you may be shocked to learn that United have covered the least ground this season.
Will this difference prove to be crucial on Monday night?