Liverpool played 120 minutes of football yesterday after needing extra-time to overcome League One side Notts County in the Capital One Cup.
And Steven Gerrard has already started to use it as an excuse in the build up to Sunday’s game against Manchester United, citing that Liverpool would have ‘played too much football’ this week.
“That wasn’t what we wanted [extra time], ” he said.
“We’re going away slightly disappointed. Yeah, we’re in the draw and we’re in the hat and obviously pleased to be through, but it was exactly what we didn’t want really.
“One hundred and twenty minutes and a lot of players who are going to be starting on Sunday have played too much football.
“There’s no doubt about it, extra-time, playing that amount of minutes, is a bit of a blow to us.
“I think the game plan was to get the game won, done and dusted, and then try and rest a few for Sunday.”
Liverpool let a two goal lead slip against Notts County so extra time was their own undoing but fatigue should never be an issue just three weeks into the start of a new season, especially at a Premier League club.
Anfield is the biggest away day of the season. It always has been despite the fact that Liverpool are not a domestic rival in terms of challenging for titles any more and Sunday will be no different.
There is always a buzz around Liverpool/United games and more often than not, there is added spice to every game. Last year, Robin van Persie‘s penalty secured a 2-1 victory on the memorial for the Hillsborough tragedy and United’s first win at Anfield since Carlos Tevez scored the winner back in 2007.
This time around, ex-Everton boss David Moyes will try to claim his first victory at Anfield in the Premier League as he walks out in Merseyside for the first time as United manager. It will be a huge day for Moyes and if he can walk away with three points, he would have made almost the perfect start to his tenure.