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Pundit names free Liverpool signing as better than big-name Man Utd star

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Former midfielder Darren Ambrose says a player Liverpool signed for free is better than one of Man Utd’s most important stars.

The two English giants will come face-to-face on Sunday at Old Trafford. It will be the 59th Premier League meeting between the two sides, with Man Utd looking for their 29th win.

Although the Red Devils have a better record overall, it is Liverpool who have succeeded recently. They have held Man Utd to just one win in the last ten league meetings, picking up three victories themselves.

Jurgen Klopp’s men will also go into the game high in confidence. They thrashed Watford 5-0 in their last league outing, before beating Atletico Madrid 3-2 in the Champions League earlier this week.

Man Utd, meanwhile, lost 4-2 to Leicester City last weekend. A midweek victory over Atalanta in the Champions League came courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo’s late winner.

Sunday’s game is sure to be a tense one as plenty is at stake. Both teams are hoping to lift the title this season, while United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under pressure recently.

Ahead of the match, Ambrose appeared on talkSPORT and was asked to compare two players. The duo in question was Liverpool’s Joel Matip and United’s Harry Maguire.

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On who is better at the moment, Ambrose said: “I think I am going to have to say Matip. Just seeing how Liverpool defend, listen Virgil van Dijk is the main reason for that, we’ve seen that when he was out of the team last season.”

The pundit reckons his choice is largely down to van Dijk’s impact on his team-mate. “I think it’s probably because of Van Dijk as well that I am picking Matip”, Ambrose added.

“If he was with [Davinson] Sanchez or someone like that or even if he was next to Maguire, he’d probably not look as good or as comfortable as he does.

“I think given that he is with Virgil van Dijk, he looks very assured, tremendous player.

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“He scored a good goal, Maguire. He’s come under a lot of criticism and he seems to come through it every time, for England and for Manchester United.

“I just think Matip has got that extra edge.”

The comments may frustrate United fans given their respective transfers. Matip joined Liverpool from Schalke in 2016 on a free. Maguire, in contrast, cost the Red Devils £80m when he was captured from Leicester two years ago.

Souness in agreement with Klopp over Liverpool ace

Klopp recently stated that Liverpool forward Mo Salah has been the best player in the world this campaign. And former Reds midfielder Graeme Souness has concurred.

“I agree with Jurgen Klopp that Mohamed Salah has been the best player in the world this season,” he told The Sunday Times.

On the Egyptian’s contract situation, Souness added: “I won’t speculate on what he is asking for but Liverpool should give it to him.

“It is in their interests to pay him as much as they can afford and also for Salah to stay at the club where he has clearly had the best spell of his career.”

Salah recently revealed that he wanted to finish his career at Anfield, although it will depend on the club’s plans.

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