Aldridge expects tight Liverpool/Manchester United clash, hails United man as player of the year

John Aldridge thinks David De Gea has been player of the season, and expects a close encounter when Liverpool and Manchester United meet at Anfield.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has predicted a tight encounter between his old club and Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

In his Liverpool Echo column, he even said that Sunday's opponents will have the best player from this season among their ranks so far.

He referred to his role in United's 3-0 win over Liverpool in December, saying: "It’s funny because even though we lost 3-0 at Old Trafford in December we played really well and if we’d have had David de Gea we’d have won 3-0.

"He was massive in that game for them.

"He’s the Player of the Year this season in my eyes because he’s given them an extra 15 points."

There are two points between the two sides going into the game, with United occupying the all-important fourth Champions League spot. United are trying to return to the competition after being absent for this season, while Liverpool are trying to play in Europe's premier competition for the second consecutive season.

A win for Liverpool would allow them to overtake their fierce rivals with just the eight games remaining this season.

"I think it will be tight on Sunday. I don’t think there will be an awful lot of goals in it.

"Both sides have got decent defensive records and you’ve just got to keep it tight at the back and no silly mistakes. As for Brendan Rodgers targeting second place, you’ve just got to look at the next game and soldier on and see where it leads you but absolutely look at chasing down Manchester City."

A lot of people are anticipating a close encounter at Anfield given the potentially huge significance it could have when it comes to deciding who is going to finish in the top four. 

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