How do Liverpool and Manchester United compare? Explore their Premier League stats

11th Dec 2018

Liverpool host Manchester United live on Sky Sports this weekend - but how do their stats and styles compare this season? Use our interactive tools to find out...

Get Sky Sports to see Liverpool take on Man Utd this weekend. Find out more here.Liverpool are the form team after they leapfrogged Manchester City to top the Premier League table with a 4-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday - their fourth successive league victory.

In contrast, Manchester United have struggled this season and trail their rivals by 16 points - but they at least re-found their goalscoring touch with a 4-1 win over struggling Fulham last time out.

As the graphic below shows, Liverpool have remained in the top three since the opening weekend, assuming top spot in six out 16 matchdays.

Meanwhile, United, who were down in 14th place earlier in the campaign, broke into the top six for the first time this season after beating Fulham - ending a four-game run without a win.

Despite the current disparity in league standings, the teams are fairly evenly matched in front of goal, with Liverpool scoring six more times.

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The radar graphic below shows how Liverpool are more likely to thread balls through defences - for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to run onto - and also pose a greater aerial threat, which may be a surprise given the height and physicality of Jose Mourinho's men.

United's difficulties this term primarily stem from defensive frailties. They've averaged 1.6 goals conceded per game this season, which is more than twice as frequent as 2017/18, when they conceded just 0.7 per game on average.

The interactive graphic below highlights how both sides are similarly matched in attack and United's defensive struggles - with David de Gea facing nearly twice as many shots as Liverpool stopper Alisson.

Liverpool & Man Utd season stats

Liverpool

Liverpool

Manchester United

Man Utd

  • Games played
    16
    1616
    16
    Goals
    34
    3428
    28
    Shots on target
    94
    94100
    100
    Shooting accuracy
    53.1%
    53.1%62.5%
    62.5%
    Conversion rate
    19.2%
    19.2%17.5%
    17.5%
    Assists
    19
    1917
    17
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In terms of formations, both managers have made notable changes this season.

Jose Mourinho has favoured a 4-3-3 instead of 4-2-3-1, while Klopp has stuck with his preferred 4-3-3 system - but used a 4-2-3-1 far more frequently.

The graphic below shows how both sides have hotspots of activity down the flanks, but the Reds take a far greater proportion of touches in the central defensive region - suggesting a more patient approach in midfield.

Goalkeepers Alisson and David de Gea are the only players to have played every minute this season for their respective clubs, but overall Mourinho has shuffled his pack far more frequently.

While Salah and Romelu Lukaku were outright top scorers in the Premier League for their respective clubs last term, both sides have a broader source of goals this season.

Once again, Salah tops both sides with 10 goals, boosted by his hat-trick at Bournemouth. United's Anthony Martial is next with seven, with his team-mate Lukaku and Liverpool's Sadio Mane level on six.

Player comparison — Premier League

Liverpool

Liverpool

Manchester United

Man Utd

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  • Goals
    10
    107
    7
    Penalties
    0
    01
    1
    Minutes per goal
    130.9
    130.9112.4
    112.4
    Shots on target
    27
    2712
    12
    Shooting accuracy
    64.3%
    64.3%92.3%
    92.3%
    Successful crosses
    4
    42
    2
    Crossing accuracy
    44.4%
    44.4%10.5%
    10.5%
    Assists
    4
    40
    0
    Key Passes
    29
    2916
    16
    Penalties won
    1
    11
    1
    Offsides
    17
    172
    2
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Use the interactive graphic below to discover which players top the charts, including how Marcus Rashford leads for assists, Matic and Georginio Wijnaldum dictate possession and Van Dijk and Paul Pogba love to spray a long pass.

Liverpool & Man Utd players ranked

  • 1 Mohamed Salah Liverpool Liverpool
    10
    2 Martial Manchester United Man Utd
    7
    3= Mané Liverpool Liverpool
    6
    3= Lukaku Manchester United Man Utd
    6
    5 Roberto Firmino Liverpool Liverpool
    4
    6= Shaqiri Liverpool Liverpool
    3
    6= Rashford Manchester United Man Utd
    3
    6= Pogba Manchester United Man Utd
    3
    6= Milner Liverpool Liverpool
    3
    10= Sturridge Liverpool Liverpool
    2
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But can United finally end Liverpool's unbeaten streak in the Premier League?

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