Manchester United could set shock waves in the Premier League with a win at Anfield. So it’s imperative that Liverpool show exactly why they are champions, says Jamie Carragher.
With a first Anfield win exactly five years after their last win – live on Sky Sports – the Premier League leader of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will open a six-point gap between himself and the champions, strengthening the conviction that they have been their first since then Can win championship titles in 2013.
Sky Sports expert and former Reds defender Carragher believes Liverpool will have to prove they are the better team, with a performance that will put United back in their place before the title challenge takes off.
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“I actually think it’s a bigger game for Liverpool,” said Carragher. “The responsibility lies more with them.
“If United got a result there, the belief would come that they could win the league. I still think people think United could fall and Liverpool still have that advantage but if they won at Anfield , that would send shock waves across the league. ” Premier League.
“It’s a game where Liverpool have to show that they are the champions, the better team, the result and a performance that will bring Manchester United back to where they are.”
Ince: United are confident of winning at Anfield
Paul Ince, one of just two players to have played for both Liverpool and Manchester United in the Premier League era, believes United will confidently travel to Anfield to scoop three key points.
“Both teams will believe this is a game they can win,” Ince told Sky Sports. “Lately, at these big, big games, you’ve seen the teams too scared to lose the game instead of win it.
“It will be interesting to see the mentality both teams adopt, but I think it’s a game Manchester United can win and I wouldn’t have said that two years ago.
“Liverpool are the champions, there will be this added pressure, this expectation. They should go into the game with the confidence of the champions but they are now facing a Manchester United side who are very confident themselves.”
“United don’t beat teams, they got lucky against the Wolves. The game at Aston Villa could have been either way but they win games and will confidently go to Anfield to claim the win.”
Carra: Liverpool are not going to change their approach
Carragher believes Liverpool will approach the game the same as any other game regardless of whether they face the threat United poses on the counter due to their defensive problems.
“I don’t think Manchester United ever really injured Liverpool in the counter-attack at Anfield as they did against Manchester City in the past,” said Carragher.
“There is no doubt about the devastating impact United could have on the counterattack, especially given Liverpool’s problems at the center-back and whether Joel Matip will be back.”
“But I don’t think Liverpool will change if you look at their record at home, they have dominated for the past three years.”
Liverpool vs Man Utd: an upgraded title race
With the exception of the 2008-09 season, Liverpool and Manchester United were not direct rivals in the title race in the Premier League era.
Carragher believes that adding the rivalry and history of English football’s two greatest clubs to the title race only adds to the sense of drama and anticipation.
“Liverpool and Manchester United are the two most successful teams in English football. I’m sure that won’t change in 20 or 30 years,” said Carragher. “They are the two biggest clubs in this country, that will never change, I have no doubt about that.
“The really interesting thing is that if both sides have dominated for about 15 years, the other have not been challenging. In the 1970s and 1980s when Liverpool dominated it was Nottingham Forest, Everton in the US in the mid-1980s it was George Graham’s Arsenal, and when Manchester United dominated it was Blackburn, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and Chelsea.
“Manchester United and Liverpool never really tried to win the title 30 or 40 years ago. If you look at the situation now, Liverpool are champions and have fought with Manchester City in recent years. That would be the case.” It’s great to see the two biggest clubs really fighting for titles over the next few years.
“There is a massive rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United that will always be there, it will never work. Sometimes it’s more than a rivalry, it can get a bit nasty between the fans, but I think both football clubs have a huge one Respect for one another.
“In a way, we should be proud that two working-class cities from the north of the country are considered two of the greatest clubs in world football. There is this grudging respect for each other after both clubs have done this for football.” Country and Europe.
“There are a lot of similarities between the two clubs and that is what created the rivalry. It is only good for English football that the two biggest clubs could be fighting for the title.”