The two Premier League giants go toe-to-toe at Anfield on Sunday in a game which could play a massive role in the race for a top-four spot.
The Red Devils currently hold pole position ahead of their North West rivals, but the Merseysiders’ notable progression and immense form has seen them billed as favourites by a number of renowned pundits.
“Since Brendan Rodgers changed Liverpool’s formation late last year I have not seen a better team in England,” Dalglish wrote in his blog for the Mirror.
“Liverpool are really organised defensively and if Manchester United don’t get hold of whoever plays off Daniel Sturridge - Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling or Adam Lallana – at Anfield on Sunday, they will have a hard game in front of them.
“That is why I’m predicting a Liverpool win - and I don’t think United will score either.”
|Goals Conceded per Game||Tackles per Game||Interceptions per Game||Effective Clearances per Game||Aerial Duels Won per Game||Ball Recoveries per Game||Poss Won Att 3rd per Game||Errors Lead To Shots per Game||Appearances|
|Liverpool 01/08/14 - 31/12/14||1.32||16.26||12.63||34.47||16.58||60.53||3.11||0.84||19|
|Liverpool 01/01/15 - Now||0.5||15.3||11.4||31.2||12.1||64.4||4.4||0.1||10|
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the Reds’ improvement is apparent, owing to the fact they are being put under less pressure at the back due to winning the ball back higher up the pitch.
The average number of errors made per Premier League encounter has dropped, whereas the number of ball recoveries, as well as turnovers in the final third, has improved.
The change in formation to the now much-analysed 3-4-3 system has worked wonders for Brendan Rodgers, but it’s more down to the attitude of the players and their willingness to work hard.
Much of the Reds’ success last season was down to their work rate, and that, at present, is being replicated by their front three who are covering plenty of ground in the final third.
Sunday’s encounter against United will be interesting as too much pressure can leave the Anfield outfit open to counterattacks, a forte the Red Devils have possessed for a number of years.
However, with form heavily favouring the hosts and a wave of optimism building on Merseyside, the visitors can’t afford to be slack otherwise they will no doubt return to Old Trafford empty-handed.