Pundit Graeme Souness has confidently backed Liverpool to secure victory over Manchester United today.
Speaking on Sky Sports in the build-up to the match, as shared by Football Daily, the former Reds midfielder claimed this is the perfect time for Jurgen Klopp’s side to face their arch-rivals.
“I think normally you would just focus on what you have to do, and I think where Liverpool are right now, this game comes along at the perfect time,” said Souness.
“What an opportunity to put a marker down to shut all the doubting Thomas’s up and damage United.
“But I think the priority for Liverpool is to turn up today. It was only 12 days ago when Liverpool played Real Madrid here [and] people said they’re back in that first 45 minutes. OK, they fell apart in the second-half, but Liverpool are capable of that – they did it 12 days ago and I fully expect him to turn up today.
“It’s a long time, Kelly, since I’ve been as confident about a Liverpool win against United as I am today. I just feel like they’re going to turn up today, I think they’ll be bang on it today.
“You ask these two chaps here [Neville and Keane], ‘is it easy to play here if you’re a United player?’. This is a difficult place for United to come and I think the crowd will play a part today as well.”
Souness backs Liverpool victory
This is a huge game for Liverpool today. The Reds currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, with United in third.
Whilst the Red Devils are too far off to catch, fourth-place Tottenham and fifth-place Newcastle are within reasonable distance.
The Magpies fell to a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City yesterday, meaning Klopp’s men are just two points behind them on the same number of games played.
Spurs also saw defeat yesterday, losing 1-0 to Wolves. The Lilywhites remain six points ahead of Liverpool, but they have played an extra two matches.
With the gap closing each week, the Reds have a serious chance of securing a spot in the top-four this season.
A win over United would see them up to fifth in the table, and the momentum would go a long way with the players’ confidence.
Therefore, this is a huge game for the Merseyside outfit.