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Saturday, 19 October 2019

Back On Our Perch?

I was about 13 when Ferguson talked about knocking Liverpool off their f**cking perch and for the past 17 years, I've had to live with Manchester United fans making that well and truly known at every single opportunity.

Fast forward to today and the tables have turned but while I have had to sit and take the stick for over a decade where are all the United fans now? Where are the 18-year-old lads on Facebook who used to wax lyrical about Wayne Rooney, where are the "Beckham" replica shirt wearers that used to crowd the local pub? I'll tell you where... in hiding, cause they can't hack it.

Image via The Mirror

This Manchester United side is absolutely abysmal yet weirdly, as Kopites, we still find ourselves concerned about the trip to Old Trafford. Why is that?

Well, I'll tell you why, it's because as a Liverpool fan who's about to turn 30, I can count on one hand the times I remember watching the Reds win at the self-titled "Theatre of Dreams". It just doesn't happen and it hasn't happened in five years.

Last season despite Klopp's side picking up a whopping 97 points, the game at Old Trafford was absolutely horrendous. A terrible advert for football with arguably two of the biggest sides in the world game seeing out a 0-0 draw. Absolute snore-fest.

This season though, the gulf has widened, it's more of an abyss to be honest. United, with Ole at the wheel, at the time of writing are one point away from the relegation zone. Liverpool, on the other hand, are unbeaten and five points clear at the top of the table.

United look soulless and even after bringing in players like Harry Maguire and Wan-Bissaka it doesn't appear to have been enough to solve the situation. With rumours Paul Pogba may or may not be fit to start and also the influential David De Gea unable to play this surely should be a chance for Liverpool to add another Old Trafford victory to the list?

I sometimes feel like as Liverpool fans we're scared to be confident, we've learnt from experience that it's better to wait until after the event but I'm sorry, if I'm not allowed to feel confident as European Champions sitting pretty on our perch going into a game against a piss poor Man United side then when can I feel confident?

Whatever happens tomorrow I trust the Reds will give it their all. Part of me wonders whether Solskjaer will opt park the bus tomorrow but will the United faithful really accept watching their beloved team defend in desperation against a swift Liverpool attack for 90 minutes? I'm not so sure.

Roll on kick-off, if we're going to stay on our f**cking perch and keep Man City at bay, we need this one.

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Saturday, 12 January 2013

Suarez And Van Persie Look To Seal Their Side The Win

The strikers go head to head...
It's that time of year again, the time when Liverpool make the short trip to Manchester and attempt to wipe that smug grin off Alex Ferguson's old wrinkly face. He can chew all the extra he wants, everything that comes out of his mouth still stinks and on Sunday the Reds will look to pull off a rare victory at Old Trafford.

With Daniel Sturridge scoring on his debut for Liverpool and Luis Suarez in excellent form it certainly feels as though the Reds are capable of scoring, the thing that worries me is can we hold on to a lead if we manage to find one?

For Liverpool there are no new injury worries but with the news about Jose Enrique recently there has been a shuffle in defence with Glen Johnson switching sides and Andre Wisdom most likely taking the right back position for this one. I like Wisdom a lot but I get the feeling he's going to have a tough time against United.

The Red Devils are minus their scouse talisman Wayne Rooney but it won't worry them too much what with Van Persie and Hernandez both fully available. United also received positives this week with Nani and Anderson getting back to full fitness.

This is a massive game for Liverpool one that never really needs an introduction but the bragging rights are even bigger this year because the Reds are yet to beat a side above them in the table, quite a sobering stat I'm sure you'll agree.

It's an important section of the season for the Reds who face Arsenal away after Norwich at home followed by Manchester City away. There's a lot riding on it for United too though who will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.

United haven't lost in their last 5 meetings in all comps whilst Liverpool have lost twice at the hands of Stoke and Aston Villa.

The last time the two sides met was in September when Steven Gerrard opened the scoring, Jonjo Shelvey was given his marching orders beforehand and Liverpool eventually let two goals in and lost the game.

We haven't won at Old Trafford since that famous and frankly brilliant 4-1 victory in 2009 despite this Liverpool have still managed to find the back of the net away from home in this tie in 3 out of the last 4 occasions.

Stat Sandwich

  • Liverpool have had 412 shots at goal so far this season.
  • United have come back from a losing position more times than any other team this season.
  • Liverpool V Everton is the only other game to have more red cards than this fixture.

As always I'm mega excited for this game and until recently, unfortunately my confidence in our performances had gone, however we seem to have hit a bit of a positive patch and without getting ahead of myself I seriously think we could get a result from Old Trafford on Sunday.

If Suarez plays like he has been doing then the newly fit Vidic is going to struggle to deal with him, Suarez is exactly the man to find a weakness if it's there and then pick at it and I certainly fancy him to grab a goal on Sunday. As I mentioned at the start of the post though my problems lie with our ability to hold on to a lead, these games always have controversy and I can just see us going ahead and then United getting a penalty or something, they always seem to need an extra push to get back into the game against us just lately and they may be top of the league but they are vulnerable.

Robin Van Persie scares me though, give him even half a chance and we'll be dead in the water. Perhaps optimistically I will punt for a 1-1 draw tomorrow but my cheeky punt is definitely going on a 2-1 Suarez scorecast!

Enjoy the match folks! Game on!


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Friday, 14 October 2011

United, Bring It On!

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has a fully fit squad to choose from for the big game against Manchester United on Saturday. It was a fruitful affair last time for Liverpool as Dirk Kuyt put a hat trick past the Red Devils at Anfield. 

This game requires no build up, win, lose or draw it is always an exciting clash and Alex Ferguson has been quoted this week saying "I have always considered it to be the game of the season in English football." 

Since Dalglish has been in charge, excitement levels have been higher in general but even more so when these sort of fixtures come around. Kenny of course is no stranger to intense matches and he's certainly no stranger to Fergie's mind games.

Confidence is the key for Saturday, we know United have had the better start to the season but Liverpool haven't faltered much, even in the loss against Stoke we bombarded the goal with shots and were unlucky.

Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll are two players who will be looking to be in receipt of a vociferous Kop End celebration and i will be very surprised if neither of the lads put one past De Gea.

In terms of who should start against Manchester United i think we are all expecting the captain to be back in the midfield. I can't wait to see our famous Gerrard back to his best making Fergie's boys panic.

As for the rest of midfield i must say, no offence to Jordan Henderson but we need to start Kuyt in my opinion. His work ethic and passing is something that's invaluable in these sort of games, not to mention the fact he put three past them last time!

All in all, i honestly think we're in with a very good chance of taking all three points, i just hope the lads play with purpose from the off.

Manchester United are without Tom Cleverly and Rafael Da Silva for the game whilst Vidic and Smalling are both doubts. As mentioned in the opening, Liverpool are in a fantastic position with no injuries at all.

Liverpool have won their last three matches at Anfield against United. The away side only managed to score twice in that time.

Stat Sandwich
  • Dirk Kuyt last season made himself only the second player to get a hat trick against Manchester United.
  • Wayne Rooney has failed to score in his last 6 Premier League games against Liverpool.
  • Steven Gerrard has scored 4 goals against Manchester United, 2 goals shy of Robbie Fowler's record.
It's just over a year since John Henry and Co bought us and i think everyone will agree things have been getting steadily better ever since, so what better way to celebrate than with a win against Manchester United?

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Saturday, 5 March 2011

12th Man Key In Search For United Victory

The fans will confidently back the Reds tomorrow in what has to be the best clash in the Premier League...

Anfield tomorrow is the destination for Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. It needs no build up, I'm sure the majority of you, like me, are already buzzing for the match and after United fell to a Chelsea defeat and Liverpool to a West Ham one, both sides will be looking not only for three points but as always, for bragging rights.

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!

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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Clash Of The Titans

Fernando Torres Liverpool 2008/09 Nemanja Vidic Manchester United Manchester United V Liverpool (1-4) 14/03/09 at Old Trafford The Premier League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International
Just never stops being funny does it?! Hahaha!...

So once again we're here folks. The excitement, the nerves, the bubbling hatred for the likes of Gary Neville and Farty Fergie's extra chewing gob.

This kind of feeling only tends to come around twice a year and as much as it brings out the worst in me i can't help but absolutely love it. This is what football is all about, the banter, the biggest clubs and the memorable clash of world class players going all out against each other.

Of course tomorrow evening i could be in a total different state of mind, quite possibly depressed... But this is the roller-coaster ride that we all have tickets for due to being a Liverpool fan.

Liverpool are again still without regular members in this head to head - Dirk Kuyt & Fabio Aurelio. The lack of some experience could possibly be detrimental to the Reds but with Joe Cole back from his ban and having made a great performance on Thursday along with rested Gerrard, Carragher and Torres, Liverpool could have some sort of upper hand here.

Manchester United are without Valencia who is expected to be out for a large majority of the season after he fractured his left ankle in their game against Rangers. Carrick is also unavailable due to an achilles problem.

Tomorrow's referee could pose some serious questions from many a Liverpool fan but i think it's important for us all to not get into that whole "We always get shit refs" bollocks, really does my nut in that! Trust me, i've shouted and balled my head off at Howard Webb many a time but i hate being the fan that blames a result on the ref, only on very few occasions do i find that to be valid, so let's just keep our fingers crossed and hope Fergie hasn't paid him for 7minutes added time if it's a draw at the 90minute mark!

In all seriousness a draw would be a fantastic result for Liverpool and at the moment it seems a realistic approach. We all know that Rafa had a step by step guide on how to over turn the Mancs but we mustn't forget that old Roy also has a few tricks up his sleeve.

Ok, so his record at Old Trafford doesn't bode too well but he knows his way around a Fergie set up and with Torres and Gerrard in his poker hand this could be a good day for the ex Fulham boss.

Fernando Torres of course has his own record awaiting tomorrow, should he manage to net that brings him to four goals in four games against United which isn't bad at all! So there's the incentive for him. The likes of Carragher and Stevie don't need an incentive, they know what it means so with the added spirit from Reina and a solid defensive performance we could just be on to something here.

Liverpool can fall back on memories of the 4-1, the Vidic flat on his face, the 2-0, the 2-1, the Murphy days... Or they can simply create new one's tomorrow.

Whatever the outcome it is sure to be a game filled with excitement and probably several yellow cards and bad decisions. I don't mind what happens at the final whistle as long as it is entertaining and we don't get mauled!

And i trust and persuade anyone watching in the pubs tomorrow to give those bantering Mancs as good as they get! Haha.

And if you are one of us pioneering few wear your "Standards Corrupted" shirt with pride tomorrow! In recent light of Tom Hick's new dastardly plan of action we all need to continue the protest!

You can purchase your shirt at just £20 for all adult sizes and £15 for kids. Get on it!

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