Former Liverpool star Garcia thinks that Liverpool can bounce back from their disappointing result against West Ham and Champions League qualification is still on the cards.
Former Liverpool star Luis Garcia has told the Liverpool Echo that the club's main target is returning to the Champions League despite the setback at the weekend which saw the Reds on the wrong end of a humiliating 3-0 defeat to West Ham United at Anfield.
Prior to that, the Reds made a promising start where they took seven points from their opening three games. With an international break to chew the fat over their defeat to the Hammers, the Reds will be looking to bounce back when the travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in nine days' time.
Given the recent off the field activities at United over the past couple of days, which has bizarrely seen David De Gea not complete a transfer to Real Madrid and senses that could be playing on the minds of a few people at the club prior to a big test for both sides early on in the season.
Garcia told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s one of the biggest games of the season. Manchester United have not been 100% so far this season and maybe some of the events of the last few days (De Gea saga) may have affected them a little bit.
"Hopefully Liverpool will be right there, for the three points and for what it means to the supporters with the rivalry.
“Liverpool have to keep going. You can get games like Saturday. It’s better to get it out of the way early in the season. They’ve got lots of days now to find the solution, a big space to put in some work.
“I think the main target for the year has to be Champions League football. Liverpool need to play against the big teams. But it’s not easy at the start of the year, with new players, new signings, different ways of playing maybe with Benteke.”
The result against West Ham was something of a blow, but if you look across any side's season down the years, there always tends to be one freak or eye-opening result earlier on in the season.
They do need to bounce back against Manchester United, if not in terms of the result then certainly in terms of performance, but Liverpool should be going into this fixture with absolute belief they can take all three points. It would be the perfect response after one very disappointing result.
In the context of the season, there's only one side ahead of them in terms of points at this stage that one assumes will be occupying the Champions League places at the end of the season. A good result against United will be a huge positive for Liverpool.