Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Liverpool’s Premier League winning run will come to an end this Sunday when they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.
The former Arsenal midfielder said that the trip to face their fiercest rivals has always been the acid test for the Reds and expects Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to up their game.
He said: “Man Utd, given the chance to turn it on and knock Liverpool’s chances of winning the league, they may well do that. It was always at Old Trafford where the great games were. This was always the test for Liverpool.
“This is do or die for United. To try and get a point, which I think they will do. They will scrap and sit in, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that – they will not play expansively here. Man Utd will not want to get beat and walk away. This is a ‘parking the bus’ kind of game, in which they cannot take a risk. 1-1.”
TBR’s View – Liverpool have absolutely nothing to fear at Old Trafford
The biggest battle Liverpool have to win ahead of Sunday’s game is the mental one. There might be a school of thought that United cannot be as bad as they were again against Newcastle but they will be if placed under the kind of pressure Liverpool are capable of supplying.
Jurgen Klopp has never quite gone for the games against the Reds at Old Trafford and that’s why he hasn’t won there yet.
The last time Liverpool went to Old Trafford and played with the confidence which accurately represented the gap between the two sides was in March 2014 under Brendan Rodgers.
They played them off the park that day, and Liverpool are that much better than United now as well. They just need to play their usual game, on the front foot. There really is nothing to fear on Sunday.