Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Liverpool v United: Is it make or break for the Scousers even at this early stage?

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Liverpool take on the Champions this coming weekend, it's a fixture that all football fans look forward to, even though it doesn't always live up to its star billing.

United have dominated recent encounters, so much so that Rafa Benitez has yet to notch a league victory over Ferguson since he arrived at Anfield in 2004. The fact that the Merseyside Reds haven't won a league game in four years will worry Reds supporters given that it could be argued Liverpool are due a win.

Liverpool fans and their manager are sweating over the fitness of Steven Gerrard and their talisman Fernando Torres. According to the latest injury news both are on course to return soon and given the timing of Gerrard's recent operation both player and club have clearly targeted his return for this coming weekend.

It isn't stretching things too far to say that Liverpool are something of a two-man team these day - without Gerrard and Torres, Liverpool will know that their chances of victory will be hugely diminished.

If Liverpool lose this match with United it will underscore the fact that the Merseyside Reds are a long way off being genuine title contenders, realistically the Anfield club are looking at another top four finish and it's been that way for a long time now.

Losing to United again in the league will also add pressure on Benitez and the clubs owners who have failed to back their manager in the transfer window.

United have their own injury concerns with Ronaldo who is out until next month, but the Red Devils attack will be bolstered by the addition of new striker Dimitar Berbatov who will make his debut at Anfield. Carlos Tevez was harshly sent-off for Argentina at the weekend meaning he misses Wednesday's match with Peru, but it also means he is fresh for United.

However, it isn't all good news as Rio Ferdinand has been suffering with a back complaint, but if fit he will play for England against Croatia. Ferguson will be desperately hoping both his central defenders return from international duty unscathed.

Latest match odds from Sky Bet. Man. Utd 6/4, Liverpool 2/1, Draw 2/1

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1 comment:

  1. Indeed there will be a nice game going on, you also should have mentioned Keane. He will be interesting to watch along with his former team mate Berbatov.


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