12th Man Key In Search For United Victory
For those of you going to the match, no doubt the atmosphere will be phenomenal, I'm just wondering whether Gary Neville will brave enough to get in with the away fans this time like he did at Stamford Bridge...
I'm soddin' gutted as for the first time this season I'm at work when our match is on. I can't really complain because last season i was at work on several occasions with fixture clashes, just annoyed that the first one this season is the most exciting clash. It's not all bad as i can still watch the match on the boardroom teles but am set to miss the first 5 or 10 minutes and also they don't have sound!
Anyways, never mind that, I'm still going to be able to witness a Suarez opener and Gerrard penalty with a 2-1 Liverpool victory so it's all good! Haha. Plus last time i was at work when we played United we battered them 4-1, here's hoping it's an omen.
Injuries for Manchester United and the suspension of Vidic mean that a weakened defence could be a positive for Liverpool. Ferdinand is still apparently unfit and won't start but don't put it past Fergie to have been saying that as a cover story. If this is true however it is believed Wes Brown will feature in defence, he's scored for Liverpool before so i welcome his contribution!
Anderson and Hargreeves are both out with knee injuries. Ji Sung Park is unavailable due to a hamstring problem and also out for Manchester United are Valencia and Evans.
For Liverpool, the big question on everyones lips is will Andy Carroll be available?
He's been back in training and looking good but even though i feel Dalglish's pre match interviews are those of a man with a trick up his sleeve, i still feel Carroll will start on the bench. Which of course is nothing to frown at, with Suarez starting and the option of bringing the big Geordie on in the second half, that could be a great asset for Liverpool in a big game like this.
Martin Kelly and Jonjo Shelvey we know won't be available with long term injuries. Meireles and Agger are both doubts but Meireles appears to have recovered from a knock to his knee and the general consensus is that Agger will start too.
Liverpool are fully capable here, the clash with United in the FA Cup was only lost due to a dodgy penalty. In terms of open play we handled United well yet this time out we have reinforcements. Suarez has already said how he would love to score against United and you have to feel with his skill and a second string United defence he could be set for stardom.
If Carroll does come on, again his strength will do nothing but trouble the United defence. I feel our problems and difficulties are going to lie in trying to get through their midfield. With Giggs apparently starting too any counter attacks could be devastating for Liverpool as they look to weave a path through.
Gerrard after a poor display against West Ham has to be raring to go for this fixture and i personally although jokingly predicting it earlier in the post can see him causing havoc and ending up getting a penalty.
If Berbatov starts, knowing our luck he'll be back to his hat trick ways. After another quiet spell in the league Berbatov is one of those annoying players who will just embarrass you, let's hope it's not his day.
Here's hoping some heated touchline conversations between Dalglish and old farty Fergie will provide some added entertainment in what is sure to be a fantastic game tomorrow afternoon.
Enjoy the match folks!