Can the reds continue their 100% start to the season?31/08/2013
A fixture that needs little overzealous hype and statistical knowhow to make it one of the most mouth-watering in history every time it comes round… however be prepared, as the hype and statistics are being demanded and who am i to take that away from you.. Liverpool FC vs Manchester United, the words every football fan longs to hear. As exciting as Christmas and a birthday combined. An event that still keeps me up at night with excitement, football shirt layed out in anticipation, but wait no more….
The opposition – The Mancs
New management, no signings, a win and a draw in the first two games, below us in the league, Rooney’s future unclear. Is this the best possible time to take on the Mancs on our own turf? Moyes has only mustered up 3 wins in 22 appearances against Liverpool. That being said, he’s at United now, not the unmentionables, and that is a very very different ball game. They have a good squad, and some real match winners available, on top of which they have experience coming out of every orifice. Watch out for the other form of red also. United have received 8 red cards against us in the Premier league, more than any other club… a sending off may be vital again in this fixture.
Key Man – RVP
Obviously Robin van Persie, he has scored four times in his last three Premier League appearances against Liverpool (twice for Arsenal and twice in two games for Manchester United). I don’t think i need to reel of his recent achievements, all i will say is that we know his strengths, and that he has very little to be pin pointed as a weakness.Let’s hope he has the poor work rate and attitude he showed against Chelsea, in which case you may not even notice he is playing.
We start against United, ahead of them in the league, something we cant say very often, and this Liverpool team is one that has claimed maximum points thus far from matches with Stoke City and Aston Villa, making them one of just two teams to hold a perfect record in the Barclays Premier League. The first time since 2008 (under Rafael Benitez), when we went on to finish second. The bookies saying we are favourites (6/4 to win with Sky Bet) and Manchester United (7/4). However we have not won the opening three games since 1994 under Roy Evans. Sunday will be their first big test and we will learn a lot more about Brendan Rogers’ new-look Liverpool side. Bring it on, i am extremely excited and quietly confident.
Key man – Steven gerrard
As we have seen on many of the so called “big “occasions, its the man himself, captain fantastic that gives his heart and soul to the club, playing right on the edge of sanity, bordering on tears, but at all times completely in control of the outcome. Running the show from he heart of midfield. I do foresee him dropping alot deeping into the said holding role alongside Lucas, pinging long balls around the park, leaving Coutinho in the open number 10 role to work his magic. I envisage an early penalty, which of course Stevie will pop up and slot home.
Liverpool 2 – 0 Manchester United (Sturridge , Gerrard pen)
Last 5 meetings
Predicted starting lineups