Brendan Rodgers predicts Liverpool vs Manchester United

Brendan Rodgers

The two sides meet in the Europa League on Thursday.

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has predicted the upcoming clash with Manchester United in the Europa League will be a tight game, to the Belfast Telegraph. 

The two sides meet in the competition on Thursday, the first time they have ever met in a European competition.

The game is one that is being hotly anticipated as a result, with Europe’s second tier competition presenting a big opportunity for both sides to win silverware this year.

Both have failed to impress in the Premier League though, and Rodgers is anticipating a tight clash between the two sides in the first leg at Anfield.

“I was always pleased to be involved in those games as the manager of Liverpool,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

“It will be tight but Liverpool are coming off the back of good results so they will go into Thursday's first leg with confidence.”

“United will feel, having done the double over Liverpool, that they also have a good chance. It will be tight.”

How both sides choose to line up in the game will be a clear indication of their ambitions for the remainder of this season.

If they go with strong sides, that would indicate that they are focusing on winning the Europa League and taking the Champions League place offered to the winners.

Rotating the team however, would instead show they are eyeing a late push for the top four, with them both sitting within touching distance of that as the Premier League draws to a close.

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