The Merseyside giants have been in superb form this term under Rodgers who has set his team up to play the most exciting and progressive football in the Premier League this term. The Reds head into the clash at Old Trafford with their old foes the Red Devils 11 points clear and firmly in the title race but the manager has consistently stated their objective is just to secure a place in the Champions League with a top four finish.
Liverpool have swept aside United at Anfield earlier on this term, as well as Arsenal and Everton at Anfield and Tottenham at White Hart Lane playing some of the most expansive and creative football the English top tier has seen in years.
Ahead of the clash, Rodgers has admitted his side are in a healthy position on track with their aims this term with United in a ‘tough’ situation where they will find it near impossible to qualify for the Champions League this season under David Moyes.
“We are 11 points clear now; if it goes to 14, they can’t do it. Even 11 is going to be very tough because we are entering into a period where we are stronger. Our last 10 games last season, we were brilliant and we have been doing the same pattern this year,” Rodgers explained.
United head into the clash in sixth place, still five points behind Tottenham in fifth who face Arsenal in the North London derby this Sunday. Everton are level on points with the champions and Spurs will have to find six points to catch Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League.
Mathematically, it is possible for United to catch Liverpool even if they lose to the visitors this weekend, there are 30 points up for grabs between now and the end of the season but, in reality, it is indeed going to be incredibly difficult for David Moyes’ side to catch this Liverpool side.
However, the Reds have still to face Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea between now and their final game against Newcastle on May 11. The season is far from over but, I suspect, if Liverpool beat United this weekend, the top four challenge will be over for Manchester United, as Rodgers suggests.