Saturday, March 03, 2007

Liverpool vs United Preview

Liverpool versus Manchester United, the rivals from North-west of England, are set to clash over at the Merseyside. Forget about Chelsea. Forget about Arsenal, this is THE game of English football.

It's two of England's most decorated club, past or present. Although Chelsea have came knocking on the door and grabbed two consecutive titles over the past years, Liverpool and United are still highly regarded as the teams that 'represents' England.

And no doubt, this tie will be a very intriguing one indeed.

It's a match that sees the two teams with totally different agendas. United have come the closest to reaching the Premiership summit since the rise of Chelsea and if they manage to beat Liverpool at our own backyard, it'll stretch their lead to 12 points, albeit Chelsea having a game in hand. It's going to be a huge psychological boost for them.

Beating Liverpool at Anfield will taste absolutely sweet for them and 12 points seemed a yard too far for the Chelsea machine to catch up with, a term we're not familiar with until this season.

Whereas Liverpool have the pride to play for. Not wanting to hand the title automatically over to United at Anfield, they'll try their best to 'delay the inevitable'. The Kop faithful will rather see United winning the title somewhere else rather than in front of them.

Revenge is also on the mind, as Rafa haven't been able to defeat United in the league since his appointment. Man United have also inflicted damage to Liverpool’s pride in recent times with a 3-0 win at Old Trafford and a undeserved 1-0 win last season.

This could spark a very interesting tie and with Champions League last 16 second leg looming over the horizon, it’ll be difficult to guess what the managers will be thinking. Whether they’ll have an eye on the midweek game or putting their everything into this is hard to comprehend.

But one could suspect that both teams will give their 101% best in this game given the circumstance they’re in.

The pride of the people, the scousers against the mancs are at stake. The passion of the fans all over the world are severely testing today as well.

With this huge game only hours away, you could feel millions of eyes turning that way. Whatever the outcome, it’ll definitely be a fantastic game of football.

Drogballs' Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Man Utd. It's going to be a tight game and a close call to ensue. Sitting on the fence for this one and hopefully, a great game of football.

Expected Liverpool line-up:


Finnan, Carragher, Agger, Riise;

Gerrard, Sissoko, Alonso, M Gonzalez;

Kuyt, Bellamy;