The Reds have got a poor recent record against their Mancunian rivals, and supporters can’t exactly be confident of reversing their fortunes on Saturday when the two teams meet at Anfield. While Liverpool have had a solid start to their league campaign, they’ve not yet played particularly well, and now look certain to have an important player missing from the ranks.
The Guardian report that Steven Gerrard is almost certain to join Fernando Torres on the sidelines, thus depriving Liverpool of their two most important players, especially when it comes to creating chances and scoring goals. It appears as though the England midfielder will not quite make it in time to line up in one of the biggest matches of the Premier League season, do the Reds have any hope without him and El Nino?
“That’s a bit too soon,” he said of a possible comeback against United. “I’ve a decent chance for the Champions League game in Marseille. I’ve spoken to the manager and told him I’d like to do a certain amount of training before I come back. I don’t want to go into a big game only having had one session with the boys.”
“Over the last couple of years we’ve gone into games against United and Chelsea very organised tactically – defensive if you like – and still lost 1-0. Have the same sound defence and show more bollocks going forward, and it could be 1-0 to us. In these matches the first goal is massive; if you concede it, nine times out of 10 you don’t get back. It’s important a few risks are taken to try to score that goal against these teams because it gives you such a psychological boost.”
Just how much ‘bollocks’ will Liverpool have without the above pair? Surely they are crucial to any success that the team has this season, is a draw the best that the supporters can hope for on Saturday against United?