Manchester United begins the baptism of intense fire triple fixture with a trip to Anfield on Saturday. The league leaders will then host their ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City at Old Trafford and complete with a bumpy tricky trip to Everton. The Champions who are level on points with Roberto Mancini’s side lead the league by just a single goal and the tables could turn around if the Red Devils fail to deliver in these set of fixtures. The huddle which lies ahead of Sir Alex’s men could also be a blessing in disguise as they’ve already played Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the first half of this season.
Anfield hasn’t been the friendliest of places particularly in the last few years for Sir Alex and the Scot concedes although his side almost always have the last laugh by winning the league, it hurts a lot to lose one of the biggest games against the Mersey side.
But fellow Scot, Kelly Dalglish thinks otherwise; the Liverpool manager reflects that it’s just another game his side needs to win, just another three points. He said: “People say this is the biggest game of the season but I don’t look at any game as being big or small.
“It’s another game, another three points for win.. The only difference this time is the fact that, if we win, we will move a bit closer to them. It’s an opportunity to help yourself and dent their chances at the same time.”
Is it a JUST or MUST three points for Liverpool?
With all due respect to the fans, Liverpool is not going to win the Premiership this season. Yes, that’s a fact and the players themselves know it. The best they can do is to make sure Manchester United, after ‘knocking them off their perch’ do not extend their lead in the number of titles. Chelsea won the league two seasons ago with a point more than Manchester United and it could be that the three points Liverpool clinched at Anfield prevented the Red Devils from winning the league then.
Liverpool should not expect Blackburn, Woverhampton Wonderers and eeerm Arsenal (yeah Arsenal) to thwart Manchester United’s chances of retaining the league title after losing to Sir Alex’s men on their own turf. They have to begin something they would wish Manchester City and Everton can continue – beating Manchester United.
So King Kenny, it’s not just any league game, it’s a must win game for Liverpool. It’s not going to be easy but the Mersey side fans will be incredibly ecstatic to see Louis Nani shed some tears again come May. Not because of Jamie Carraghar’s raised foot this time, but that the three points earned at Anfield this season averted Manchester United from retaining the Premier League title.
Boakye Kwame. @Chicharootov
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