One of football’s biggest rivalries takes place this weekend as Manchester United travel to Anfield to face a Liverpool side still anxious for their first Premier League win of 2012/13. With 37 league championships between the two, it is fair to say that anything can happen in a match of this caliber. A victory against United at home could give the Reds the confidence boost they have been craving. United will love nothing more than to pile on the misery for their traditional rivals.
Liverpool:After four games, Brenden Rodgers is still waiting for his first league
win as Liverpool’s new manager. Against sunderland , Liverpool gained a
draw through a late Luis Suárez goal. This was not
the first time Liverpool went away with only a point after deserving a
full three. With two draws and two losses, The Reds are uncomfortably
close to relegation but it is evident new players are still settling in
and improving. That
goal also avoided the shame of making their worst start to a season for
more than a century (although they already have sealed the half century
mark). As bad as they have started, some new talent is undoubtedly
emerging in teenager Raheem Sterling. The youngster has touch, pace and
skill that will set off the nerves of any defense.Liverpool played the
young boys Thursday night in the europa league.
and their own youngsters were able to come away with a 5-3 win. New signing Nuri Sahin from Real madrid
is anxious to make it to the first team. Don’t be surprised if Oussama
Assaidi and Sahin are in line to replace Fabio Borini and Jonjo Shelvey.
Manchester United:Sir Alex Ferguson’s men came away from a nervy test Wednesday night at
home against Galastary in the Champion league
group stages. After hitting the woodwork twice and several penalty
appeals of their own, Galatasaray were unlucky to leave empty handed.
Michael Carrick’s seventh minute strike was enough to send the Turks
home without a point. Then, Nani stepped up to take a penalty that would
have put the game out of reach, but missed United’s third consecutive
penalty of the 2012/13 campaign. Ferguson claims that Van Persie should
have been at the spot, but will have to sort that out with the team.
United are currently second in the preimier league tables and trail
league leaders chelsea by only a point. Robin van Persie and Shinji
Kagawa were rested against Wigan
but started for the Red Devils against Galatasaray. Goalkeeper De Gea
had another good game, but Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has not
yet conceded a goal for United. Ferguson has confessed he may use a
rotation of the two to keep them on their toes.
With eleven minutes to go, Paul Scholes went off for Darren Fletcher who
received a standing ovation. The midfielder is back in uniform after a
nagging bowel condition sidelined him since November 22 and threatened
to be a possible career-ender. 37 year old Scholes may be too tired to
get the start at Anfield. Fergie has another decision to make in left
back. Patrice Evra played poorly for his standards while Alex Buttner
played very well against Wigan. Despite rumors that he is back training,
Wayne Rooney is likely to miss again as he recovers from a gashed
thigh. Chris Smalling (metatarsal) and Phil Jones (knee) are out for the