On Tuesday night, a contest that has a direct bearing on the Premier League title race takes place at Anfield. The teams involved are fellow title contenders Liverpool and our neighbours on the red side of the city, Manchester United. A positive result for United benefits the Cityzens ahead of an interesting run-in.
After a complicated game at the Etihad two weeks ago maintaining a one-point difference between the two teams, the onus lies on Manchester United to potentially tilt the race in Man City’s favour. Recent games between the two sides have largely been in Liverpool’s favour but on the back of a stellar 3-2 victory over Norwich City on Saturday, the tie may be more even. The key to defeating Liverpool lies in the ability of United’s backline to effectively key the dynamic front three from getting a sniff at the goal. The goal threat possessed by Liverpool’s frontline and the team, in general, has seen them score a league-high 79 goals winning 80% of their home games.
All in all, a derby game against arch-rivals, does not rely on form giving our arch-rivals; Man United, a fighting chance to effectively deliver a damaging blow to Liverpool’s title hopes further giving us a chance to open up a four-point gap between us and the Reds of Merseyside in our game at home to Brighton 24 hours later.