John Aldridge explains how Liverpool should approach second leg of Manchester United Europa League tie

Liverpool hold a 2-0 lead going into the second leg of their Europa League tie against Manchester United.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has said his old side need to be on the front foot going into the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Liverpool hold a 2-0 lead from the first leg at Anfield courtesy of goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino, and are the firm favourites to make the quarter-finals of the competition.

Aldridge would like to see Jurgen Klopp's side to try and score an early goal to try and finish the tie off.

Writing in his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge said: "A 2-0 lead is very useful but we can’t afford to sit back and try to hold on to what we’ve got. That would be asking for trouble.

"We need to be on the front foot and looking to cause them problems. If we score then that kills the tie and United will be aware of that.

"The clean sheet we kept at Anfield was really important and our performance in the first leg was excellent.

"I still think we can play better than that but things are slowly starting to come together. We’ve finally got some momentum.

"The injury problems have cleared up a fair bit and the squad is looking strong at a vital stage of the season. Now we need to rise to the occasion at Old Trafford."

There is still much to do for Liverpool, but they did themselves a favour by establishing a lead from the first leg, but there are times when a 2-0 lead can become a precarious scoreline, but if they manage to find an early away goal, any anxiety would almost be removed entirely for the Reds.

Liverpool will feel they could've had more from the first leg where it not for the heroics of David De Gea in the Manchester United goal. 

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