Published On: Tue, Jan 14th, 2020

Man Utd news: Red Devils told how to beat Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool as Man City claim made | Football | Sport

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Manchester United have been told they’ll need to score at least “two or three goals” to beat Liverpool at Anfield this weekend. The Red Devils are the only team to take a point off the Premier League leaders this term, holding them to a draw at Old Trafford in October.

Other than that, Jurgen Klopp’s side have been peerless in accruing 20 wins from 20 games to open up a commanding lead over defending top-flight champions Manchester City.

Liverpool are 14 points ahead with a game in hand and have come through a tricky festive period faultlessly, overcoming the potential banana skin of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in north London last Saturday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United, however, boast a strong record against the ‘big six’ in the league this term as a team who operate best on the counter-attack.

That offers them some hope of going to Merseyside and producing a shock amid suggestions in some quarters that Liverpool could go unbeaten and repeat the Arsenal Invincibles’ feat of 2003-04.

But Paul Merson has warned United that if they want to be the first team to beat Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League since Crystal Palace in April 2017, they’ll need to be ruthless in the final third.

United put four past Norwich at the weekend but their tally of 36 goals in 22 games is significantly less than Liverpool, City and third-placed Leicester, while Chelsea – in fourth – have also scored three times more.

And Arsenal hero Merson also insists the current frontrunners of England’s top division are not being appreciated enough, declaring that they should be favourites to win the Champions League as the holders of the competition – not Pep Guardiola’s City.

“You watch them against Tottenham, they were 1-0 up and they still bomb forward, it’s in their make-up, and they can defend,” Merson told Sky Sports of Liverpool.

“When you can defend like that, you’re always going to dictate football matches.

“Why are Liverpool not favourites to win the Champions League? They’ve been at two straight finals. 

“Manchester City haven’t even looked like winning it, and they are favourites.

“I don’t think Liverpool get the respect they should get; this is the best team in Europe by some distance.

“If you want to beat them, you need two or three goals. They don’t go to park the bus. I can only really see Man City beating them.”

Liverpool’s win over Tottenham saw them become the first team ever in Europe’s top five leagues to take 61 points from a possible 63 in their first 21 matches.

But Klopp is refusing to get carried away as he looks to deliver a first long-craved title since 1990.

He said of the new record: “When somebody told me I didn’t feel anything to be honest. I’ve been in football 50 years and if somebody told me that would ever happen I would say it wasn’t possible. 

“Now it’s happened and I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with me. But it’s cool, it’s exceptional. If that winning streak was easy then many other teams would have done it. 

“But we didn’t think about it before the game and someone had to remind me afterwards.

“At the moment I can just say what we tried to do is still to create a basis for the rest of the season, and the rest of the season is long.”

After facing United, Liverpool face trips to Wolves and West Ham – which is their game in hand on the rest of the league, having had to postpone the fixture in December as they went out to Qatar where they won the Club World Cup.

The Red Devils host Burnley before turning their attentions back to the Carabao Cup, facing neighbours City in the second leg of their semi-final showdown.

They trail 3-1 from the first leg and travel to the Etihad for the reverse tie.



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