Jumat, 23 Oktober 2009

Liverpool versus United: It will be war

Don't let Liverpool's form fool you.

I think Liverpool have got a chance to get a result against Manchester United this weekend.

You know what Liverpool and their fans are like at Anfield. They will be up for it. It will be war.

Win their next game against the league leaders and Liverpool will be back in the title race. It's madness.

Liverpool are not a two-man team. What's worrying for me is they are a three-man team.

Up against Sunderland, Liverpool didn't have Fernando Torres or Steven Gerrard. Neither did they have Javier Mascherano in their starting lineup. People tend to forget about Mascherano.

That midfield was very lightweight. Liverpool fielded a second-rate team and they simply lost to Sunderland. The defeats show how weak their strength-in-depth is.

I can only be confident of Liverpool winning games when Gerrard and Torres are fit. Without either, it will always be difficult to win.

However, I still feel that if Liverpool play their first team, they are stronger than even Arsenal. The problem comes when you have a great first-eleven and then you are worried about the fitness of the players.

When injuries or suspensions come in, you find out your second-string players are just not good enough to replace the first-teamers.

That's the problem facing Liverpool at the moment.

Manchester United also played poorly against Bolton. Although they got all three points, United were not firing on all cylinders.

Bolton deserved to grab at least a draw at Old Trafford. United also struggled in the match against Sunderland, who played a good game and should've got more than a point at United.

Steve Bruce has done well at the Stadium of Light and spent wisely in the transfer market.

I think it's a much more open Premier League this season. We have said this often, but this season has been more open than ever before.

What Mark Hughes said was partly right. The top half of the table is getting ever more competitive and the Big Four are expected to drop more points from now until the end of the season.

Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United will not have easy games any more.

I dare say that since Manchester City can afford to compete with the big boys in the transfer market, they can also compete in the league.

City for their part did well to collect a draw at Wigan. And we all know how Wigan ended Chelsea's 100 percent start to the league.

So it proves these games are now not easy. There are no easy three points in the Premier League any more.

Aston Villa were impressive in their win over Chelsea. Not only did they beat Liverpool at Anfield, they have now beaten Chelsea.

Chelsea's defence has not been at its best and has been switching off at crucial times, losing concentration.

It's not just down to John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho; it's just awful defending from everyone.

It's quite a shock to see Chelsea defend so sloppily against corners, and if it had been Liverpool, they would have been hammered Villa.

I think you shouldn't find excuses whenever teams lose after international breaks or European games.

You have a squad to choose players from and you have to change things up to use them efficiently - that's the art of good management.

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