Confident Liverpool Aim To Take Advantage At Old Trafford
Liverpool travel to Old Trafford on Sunday as they prepare to face old rivals Manchester United in an important Premier League tie. A trip away to United would usually pose some concern for Liverpool fans but with the way this season has panned out so far the majority of the fear has been dismissed and Brendan Rodgers must feel his side can get the better of David Moyes' boys this weekend.
Injuries for Liverpool have improved somewhat with Sakho and Lucas back in training, it's unknown whether they will feature on Sunday though. Manchester United are also in a relatively strong position with Nani, Evans and Hernandez all newly fit and available.
The Reds currently find themselves 2nd in the league, 7 points behind Chelsea but with a game in hand. Manchester City also have 3 games in hand however Liverpool have the advantage of facing both Chelsea and City at Anfield later in the season, thus adding great importance to this clash with Manchester United.
Moyes' side are currently sitting in 6th place on a lowly 48 points. They are also a massive 11 points off Liverpool and it's hard to remember the last time the tables had turned so drastically in the run up to a tie at Old Trafford. It's always a brilliant fixture when we face United but with all the additional aspects this season it is set to be one tasty game and it could be extremely fruitful for Brendan Rodgers.
The last time the two sides met was in September last year in the league cup, United knocked us out winning the game 1-0, a reverse of the scoreline Liverpool notched up at Anfield in August when the two sides met in the league. Daniel Sturridge scored that day.
Recent records against Manchester United haven't been brilliant for Liverpool and the last win for us at Old Trafford was that momentous 4-1 rout in 2009. Despite the poor form against the Devils the Reds always put in a good performance, it's always an intense game with chances being created from both sides and I feel this time out United are going to need more than the Theatre of Dreams to wake them up from their nightmare.
Liverpool have been superbly strong in attack, defensively we haven't been perfect and whilst Rooney and van Persie are bound to cause problems the Reds have benefited from a longer break this week allowing my preferred duo of Agger and Skrtel to hopefully work hard on their partnership, I hope it will be these two in the centre back pairing on Sunday.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine league matches.
- Robin van Persie has scored six times in his last seven starts against Liverpool.
- The last time the Reds collected five wins on the trot in one season was in 08/09.
I usually ask for your score predictions and I really wanted to hear them this week but I've been away on a field trip in Dorset for five days and so I never got chance to ask, apologies!
It's set to be a brilliant game on Sunday and as for my punts, I'll probably have a Luis Suarez score cast of some sort but I'm also feeling a daft scoreline, I'm feeling confident haha! Keep an eye on my tweets on Sunday, I'll let you know all my bets.
Lastly before I go if you haven't checked them out before take a look at the brilliant "The Redmen TV" it's uncensored Liverpool FC television and it's hilarious! Here's a little preview of the sort of stuff they do.
Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!
COME ON LADS!!!