Gary Neville has identified two key factors which he feels are going to be crucial if Manchester United are to win at Anfield on Monday.
Liverpool are flying high at the moment off the back of four consecutive wins in the Premier League and Jose Mourinho‘s side are in for a tough game under the floodlights against our biggest rivals.
Speaking about the game, Neville thinks Liverpool’s weakness from set pieces will be a real focus for United and that due to their intense pressing game that the final third of the match could see us take a firm grip.
Ahead of the match, Neville said: “The big weakness for Liverpool on Monday is set pieces. If United put the ball in the box around the goalkeeper and the back four there’s going to be problems. That’s the way Liverpool are at the moment.
“Even against Arsenal in the first game of the season it was 4-1 and Arsenal made it 4-2 and you could see Jurgen Klopp on the sidelines thinking ‘do I quite trust these?’
“I did think that the last 15 minutes against Chelsea was a big, big moment. To come through it when it was 2-1 was a big moment to give them the confidence that they can actually hold on to a lead.
“They did it at Arsenal as well, but they still look a little bit weak defensively. It might not play out in the goals they concede, but it feels to me like from 60 minutes to 90 minutes they tire a little bit and dip. That’s where it feels like United could get on top.”
I think the set piece vulnerability of Liverpool is crucial for United. Just like we did against Leicester, we’ve got to make the most of that and put them under pressure from corners and free-kicks straight away. With such a powerful and big side with the likes of Ibrahimovic, Pogba and Bailly, we’ve got to take advantage of that.
As for the final 30 minutes being a time where United can exert some dominance, that all depends what situation the game is in by that stage. If Liverpool are 2-0 up and can comfortably sit deep then it won’t mean anything but if we make sure we’re still in the game then Neville may well be right.
Monday is going to be a finely poised tactical battle more than anything else and if Mourinho can mastermind three points for United at Anfield, it will galvanise the team like no other result could and we’re in need of a real motivational boost ahead of playing Fenerbahce, Chelsea and Man City in the space of ten days.