Liverpool legend John Aldridge comments on the game he is looking forward to

Liverpool's clash with Manchester United could be a key factor in deciding the Champions League places.

Former Liverpool forward John Aldridge has said he is looking forward to the Reds' meeting with Manchester United at Anfield later this month, in what is likely to be a key game in the battle to finish in the top four places in the Premier League.

The battle for the Champions League places is certainly hotting up, with Liverpool climbing up to fifth place after their 2-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday.

They are also the Premier League's form side as Brendan Rodgers's men have not lost a game since the fixture at Old Trafford in December after they had endured a retched start to the season. Since then Liverpool have closed the gap on United from 10 points to two.

Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "We’re right on their coat tails. We’ve been the form team since Christmas and I can’t wait for United to come to Anfield later this month.

"They are stuttering at a time when we’re coming into our own.

"I loved the idea of playing Everton in a two-legged European tie – that would have been magnificent – but we didn’t keep our end of the bargain.

"It was sad to go out but we have to look at the positives and no European football certainly improves our chances of getting into the top four.

"With the form we’re in we can go higher than fourth."

There is certainly a confidence at Liverpool that there wasn't at the start of the season which comes from them being the form side in the division, as opposed to a team that was struggling week after week, and we can probably expect a different Liverpool team from the one that was on show in December.

Not only have the rediscovered their form but they have shown they can defend a lot better when at times during the past 18 months Liverpool were all over the place, especially in the game at Old Trafford as all three goals they conceded were preventable. 

Though Liverpool and Aldrdige should not be over confident going into the fixture later on in the month. Things can still change and although United seem to be a little below par, they seem to retain the habit of picking up points that sees them sit in the Champions League places, though it has to be said they were a lot more comfortable earlier on in the season when they were talked up as potential title challengers.

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