English Premiership

Can Reds win at Old Trafford?

2015-09-11 12:08
Lucas Leiva (Getty Images)
Lucas Leiva (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool travel to Manchester on Saturday for one of the biggest fixtures on the Premier League calendar.

While Manchester United United have looked reasonably solid in defence, it will not have escaped Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers's attention that makeshift centre-back Daley Blind was bullied by Bafetimbi Gomis during their 2-1 defeat at Swansea City.

Liverpool have a bruising forward of their own these days in Christian Benteke, who scored twice against United for Aston Villa last season, and are likely to look to isolate him against the lightweight Blind.

Liverpool have problems of their own in attack, however, and will be without Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho through suspension after he was sent off in their chastening 3-0 loss at home to West Ham United.

Daniel Sturridge has returned to training after undergoing hip surgery in May but may not be risked, while there are doubts over midfield trio Adam Lallana (thigh), Jordan Henderson (ankle) and Joe Allen (hamstring).

Liverpool enjoyed a 3-0 win at Old Trafford amid the embers of David Moyes's ill-fated reign as United manager in March 2014, but were beaten twice by their old enemies last season.

After losing 3-0 in Manchester in mid-December, Liverpool went on a 13-game unbeaten run that appeared to have resurrected their season, only for Van Gaal's men to inflict a 2-1 defeat upon them at Anfield in March.

"We have to try to approach it the same way we approach every single game, but we know there is a lot of talking and the fans are more excited about it," says Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.

"For the players that have never played the fixture, they just have to try to approach it the same way they always do."

The match kicks off at 18:30.


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