By: Gareth Freeman
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes a Reds victory over their bitter rivals will kick-start their season. A loss for Liverpool would be frankly catastrophic as it would give United a seven point lead at the top and Rafael Benitez’s side will have lost five games already. No team has ever won the league when they’ve lost more than five and in recent years it has been even tighter.
However, in all fairness United haven’t been playing particularly well recently but the difference is they have been picking up results. Carragher has been perhaps one of the players most at fault in Liverpool’s disastrous start to the season. The usually solid centre-half has lacked composure and has definitely not been his normal, dependable self.
Carragher does feel a victory over United could be just the lift they need and is in confident mood going into the tie.
"Beating United could be just the boost we need. We always bounce back because that's what we are about,
"We've got a lot of fight and character and will want to show that against United, particularly after what happened against Lyon.
"We're going through a tough patch but we've been through them before and we'll bounce back, there's no doubt about that.
"It's always a great game against United, and that could be what we need. If we win, it'll give everyone a massive lift."
Can Liverpool do it? The online betting odds have United as favourites despite Liverpool’s home advantage which doesn’t make for great reading. Rafa’s men have actually won three of their four games at home so there is a very good chance they can see off United, even without Fernando Torres.
Last season Liverpool managed to beat United without Torres and Steven Gerrard and there is a real chance they can do it at the weekend. It has been a tough time for the Reds of late but a win over Manchester United in the Premier League could turn it all around. Liverpool may have been written off in the title race already with the bookies Premier League betting odds but should they beat United on Sunday they’ll be right back in the mix.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
By: Gareth Freeman