John Aldridge on how Liverpool should approach Manchester United game

The former star believes that James Milner should be used out wide to get the best of Christian Benteke.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, former Liverpool star John Aldridge has explained how he feels the club should approach their upcoming fixture against Manchester United.

The Reds travel to Old Trafford after the international break with their confidence low after a 3-0 drubbing at Anfield to West Ham ruined a good start to the season.

Louis van Gaal’s side are equally smarting after being beaten 2-1 by Swansea to end their unbeaten start to the campaign, meaning both sides are keen to put things right with a win over their rivals.

And Aldridge believes Liverpool should use the recent 0-0 draw with Arsenal as a template for success in the game.

“The West Ham game remains fresh in people’s memories. But if Liverpool can get a result at Old Trafford, it’ll be forgotten straight away,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“I’ll be interested to see how Brendan Rodgers approaches the game, in all honesty. There’s a case to be made that we should use the Arsenal performance as a template, that we should play with a compact midfield and look to hit them on the counter.”

A new role for Milner at Liverpool 

The former star has also suggested that moving James Milner from central midfield could be a tactic Brendan Rodger could use to surprise United.

The midfielder joined from Manchester City in the summer in order to get more game time centrally, and has done that so far, starting all of Liverpool’s games in the middle and impressing.

However, Aldridge believes that his experience of playing out wide should be used to try and make use of Christian Benteke’s presence in the box.

“I’d be tempted to ask James Milner to do a job wide on the right, to work the line, get Nathaniel Clyne into the game, and get some quality balls into the box for Benteke,” he added.

“I know he’s done well in the middle so far, and been one of the bright sparks, but for this game I think Milner’s best use is wide. We have to get the ball wider more often, and get crosses into the big fella [Benteke]. And not just that, we need to get bodies into the penalty area to support him as well.”

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