Previous Liverpool captain Graeme Souness has backed the champions to have ‘too much’ for leaders Manchester United on Sunday, but thinks Jurgen Klopp has an ‘obvious dilemma’ on his arms with his centre-again solutions looking so ‘vulnerable’.
The Reds are suffering from a person of their most hard durations considering the fact that Klopp took cost in 2015 and are clearly struggling in the absence of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez at the back, successful just a few of their last eight matches in all competitions.
United, in the meantime, are riding a 15-sport unbeaten streak absent from dwelling in the Premier League and head to Merseyside with a 3-place lead more than their bitter rivals at the best of the desk.
‘I believe for the first time Liverpool will go into the activity nervous,’ ex-Liverpool and Scotland midfielder Souness instructed Sky Sports activities.
‘For the final two years it has been non-prevent plaudits for them, and accurately so because the soccer has been spectacular but that has not been there this season, regularly. That is why they’ve dropped factors you would not have imagined them to.
‘When they are at their best they bully groups, specifically higher up the pitch. But I really don’t see that continuously this year.
‘United are heading there as a group of gamers sensation like they can get a consequence. If they do that, it provides to their momentum.
‘If you’d have asked me at the start of the year if United would be struggling with Liverpool at this issue of the period a few details in advance, I would have said that isn’t likely to happen.
‘But we’re in the most unusual of uncommon seasons that I can recall, but reasonable engage in to United, they’ve performed with a dogged perseverance and crawled them selves correct into the fight.’
Souness predicts Liverpool will battle to hold a thoroughly clean sheet this weekend, with Klopp chopping and changing at the heart of his defence.
‘The clear predicament is what centre-backs Liverpool go with. Does he continue to be with Fabinho and centre-again? I believe he will, which requires anything absent from the midfield. I would believe Liverpool’s worry will be the centre-backs. I can see Liverpool conceding a target, but on the other hand I can see them scoring much too.
‘The entrance 3 have to turn up and the midfield a few have to clearly show that dominance they’ve revealed the very last several yrs.
‘That midfield ought to be on the front foot all the time, quite aggressive, and if you are playing in opposition to them you under no circumstances get your probability to get your head up, you’re less than pressure, building you make passes where you are harrying or giving the ball absent cheaply.
‘Liverpool will believe they can get joy in midfield I’d consider Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will go for a a lot more pragmatic tactic, and the major danger will be Bruno Fernandes. He was peaceful versus Burnley and didn’t seriously switch up from Person Metropolis, but we know what he is capable of.
‘These are the games, this is why you fork out the huge money for these big gamers to transform up. That is why you break transfer documents, you anticipate your gentlemen to be the variance on these days.’
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Asked for his prediction, Souness mentioned: ‘If this was any stage in the last 5 yrs, I’d forecast Liverpool to acquire all day long. I cannot say that this time all over due to the fact there is a worry in the middle of defence, and I see them remaining susceptible there.
‘United will have a threat, and I know it is an aged cliché to communicate about Anfield, the further gentleman, what the group provides to the sport: that’s not there. I’ve performed in front of them and know how amazing they can be, particularly in this activity and it’s really hard for a referee not to give a penalty in front of the Kop. That goes towards the house staff this time close to.
‘It’s a difficult one to connect with, but I have to think Liverpool will change up on the day, Alisson will have a incredibly good day, the back again 4 will hold tight, and Liverpool will just have as well considerably for them on the working day.’