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Liverpool, Man United Battle For Supremacy At Anfield

Posted: Jan 16, 2016 at 4:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Akhilomen, Lagos

After securing a thrilling 3-3 draw against Arsenal on Wednesday thanks to a Joe Allen’s late minute strike, Liverpool will be faced with another acid test as the team host Man United at Anfield on Sunday.
The two clubs are the most successful English teams in both domestic and European competitions; and between them they have won 38 league titles, 8 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 4 UEFA Super Cup, 18 FA Cups, 12 League Cups, and 35 FA Community Shield.
Statistically, Liverpool have won 64, drawn 51 and lost 78 in their 193 meetings in all competitions against Man United.
Both teams have been having a contrasting form of results this season considering the fact that, the Red Devils also played out a 3-3 draw against Newcastle in their last match, to further highlight the importance of this encounter.
Defensively, the Reds have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three matches while the Red Devils have struggled to keep their opponents at bay each time they attack. Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel, Origi, Danny Sturridge and Danny Ings are doubtful for the clash against Man United while the Red Devils will miss key players such as Michael Carrick, Basten Schweinsteiger also doubtful.
Though Sunday’s game may not be a title decider, however, a win for any of the two teams may serve as morale booster for them in their bid to get their season back on track.
Quite how far the patience will stretch is another matter but Van Gaal is well aware of how much a victory at Anfield could improve the mood among restless United supporters.
“I have felt it (the rivalry) already four times, on the tour of the USA and in the league. You can see it on the faces of the players,” added Van Gaal.
“We need to be aggressive but also under control. It is that kind of match and it will always be difficult because the passion at play in these kinds of games is always very high.”
Steven Caulker says he is primed and ready for Liverpool’s Super Sunday clash with Manchester United.
And, having made his debut in Wednesday’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal, the centre-back revealed he was more than ready to play a bigger role when United roll into town.
“Games don’t come much bigger than that,” he told Soccer Saturday. “Arsenal and United games are two very tough starts.
“If I get any game time on Sunday then I’m ready to go. I’ve been training hard this week, getting ideas of what the manager wants from his team and from his centre-halves.