Liverpool can move eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table on Sunday afternoon if they see off bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Jamie Redknapp has backed Alisson Becker to start for Liverpool against Manchester United at Old Trafford after he returned to training this week.
The Sky Sports pundit also claimed that Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is playing with ‘no pressure whatsoever’ ahead of Sunday’s showdown.
In regards to Liverpool, Adrian has been playing in between the sticks since Alisson’s injury, as the Spaniard helped them win every game.
Speaking to Sky Sports Premier League (19/10/2019 at 8:15 pm), Redknapp believes Alisson will start and Jurgen Klopp will have no problem in selecting his main man despite Adrian’s recent contributions.
“He’d be delighted that he has come into a team that has won every Premier League game so far,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “But Alisson’s different class. He’s one of the best. As long as he is 100% fit, ready to go, the manager would have no problem making that decision.
“I think Liverpool will win the game, but it’ll be tight. Those players are putting on the Manchester United shirt tomorrow, and if they have anything about them, they have got to take the pressure off the manager because he’s getting the stick.
“People say Marcus Radford needs a rest. He’s played eight games. He’s playing under no pressure whatsoever. The pressure is when you are playing for Manchester United and you are Van Nistelrooy, or whoever, and you know you have someone brilliant on the bench who might come on if you haven’t scored.”
It is a big game for both Liverpool and United, with the Manchester club sitting in the bottom half and the Merseyside outfit sitting top of the table – Alisson, who joined the club for £67 million in 2018 [Sky Sports], will be hoping to play his part if he starts.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City did reduce Liverpool’s eight-point gap to five points on Saturday evening after they beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Now, Klopp’s side, who have won every game this season, have a chance to restore that big cushion once again, as United stand in their way of maintaining their 100% record.