Steven Gerrard has explained why he thinks Liverpool can beat Manchester United when the two sides meet following the international break.
Jose Mourinho‘s men head into the clash at Anfield in scintillating form having claimed 31 goals from their opening 11 games, joining Manchester City at the top of the table.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have encountered a miserable slump ever since trouncing Arsenal 4-0, winning just one of their last seven games.
But Gerrard believes that his former side’s impressive record against the top sides will give them the edge at Anfield.
“I cannot wait for those two games because watching Liverpool since Jurgen has come in they are the games where Liverpool seem to prove everyone wrong and put in top-class performances,” he said.
“I think their record against the top sides is the best so if I was a Liverpool player or the Liverpool manager, those games can’t come quick enough.
“The frustrating thing for Liverpool at the moment is the international break after a couple of games where they feel they should have done better.
“The league doesn’t lie, Liverpool are where they are, but what I would say is I am really enjoying watching the team at the moment.”
The most excruciating thing about this particular clash is that nobody – not even Jurgen Klopp, I reckon – knows what kind of Liverpool will turn up at Anfield.
On their day, Liverpool can be breathtaking, ripping through sides with ridiculous velocity. Philipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane all offer something different and can give teams nightmares if they click.
And then, of course, comes the other, more comical side to Liverpool – the one we are currently seeing: a quick, exciting outfit but one struggling for that final touch and, crucially, a sense of composure.
Perhaps this latter deficiency, above anything, is what could play into Mourinho’s hands.