Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has tipped Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker to have a “very good day” in Sunday’s huge Premier League clash at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s reigning champions host Manchester United in what is already one of the biggest fixtures in the English football calendar, but has added importance due to both sides being first and second in the table.
The Red Devils leapfrogged Liverpool at the summit courtesy of their 1-0 win at Burnley in midweek, with three points now separating the two giants of English football ahead of their big game on Merseyside.
At present, Klopp has a dilemma in defence, with Joel Matip a big doubt for the encounter, but despite deeming the game closer to call than it may have been in previous years, Souness feels that Alisson and his back four will shine against United.
“If this was any point in the last five years, I’d predict Liverpool to win all day long,” he told Sky Sports. “I can’t say that this time around because there is a concern in the middle of defence, and I see them being vulnerable there.
“United will carry a threat, and I know it’s an old cliche to talk about Anfield, the extra man, what the crowd brings to the game: that’s not there.
“I’ve played in front of them and know how fantastic they can be, especially in this game. And it’s very difficult for a referee not to give a penalty in front of the Kop. That goes against the home team this time around.
“It’s a difficult one to call, but I have to believe Liverpool will turn up on the day, Alisson will have a very good day, the back four will hold tight, and Liverpool will just have too much for them on the day.”
Liverpool have been incredibly unlucky with injuries this season, and not having the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez available has proven a big blow for Klopp and co.
However, the Reds have done superbly well to remain in the upper echelons of the table, with the likes of Fabinho, Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams all stepping up when called upon.
And of course, having Alisson fit for the game is crucial, the £90,000-a-week ace very much the best goalkeeper in the Premier League.