Can Liverpool overcome another hoodoo this season at Old Trafford?

They overcame one of their bogey team's for a big win in their last Premier League match...

This weekend presents yet another massive opportunity for Liverpool. So far this season they have put a couple of ghosts to rest.

They hadn’t won in the league in the Britannia Stadium yet they won there – all be it with some atrocious defending thrown in. Still, to go and score five goals at a ground where you have a poor record is a good afternoon’s work.

And last week Liverpool went to the South coast where they had only won once before – against a side that had their number – and won 3-0, handsomely on the face of it.

This weekend they go to a ground where they haven’t won in five years. They’ve visited Old Trafford six times since and every time they have lost by the odd goal – including a loss in the League Cup this season.

It has never been the happiest of stomping grounds for Liverpool. The only time in the Premier League era wher they went through a decent run of form in Manchester United’s back yard was when they won three times in four years – all courtesy of Danny Murphy winners under the management of Gerard Houllier.

With Manchester United’s home form at the moment, Liverpool won’t get a better chance to end yet another curse and poor record.

West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Newcastle United, Tottenham and Swansea City [in the cup] are all sides that have gone there and come away with wins this season. Bottom of the table Fulham have even come away with a point.

It’s a Manchester United side that has struggled for consistency this season – they haven’t really threatened to go on the winning streaks that Sir Alex Ferguson’s sides were renowned for as silverware just kept on flooding into Old Trafford during his tenure.

Whilst David Moyes will look to take confidence from the League Cup victory over the Reds earlier on in the season as he heads into his biggest period so far in a turbulent first season.

But that was a time when Liverpool’s strikeforce wasn’t firing on all cylinders – in fact it was their first game of the season together, the make-up of United’s team is also likely to be different and Liverpool will not be starting the game with a back three and Victor Moses playing in a number 10 role.

There’s several reasons to think they can do it – but is this the bogey ground that will thwart Liverpool this season, unlike those that they’ve conquered?

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