Liverpool can replace United in the top four
You could argue that Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford back in December was the turning point in the season for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
That was the first time that Rodgers went with three at the back and, though beaten, the formation looked like it suited the Reds’ players.
They haven’t lost in 13 Premier League matches since – the best run in the top flight currently and just one off a club record – and are targeting a top four spot, though have Arsenal next week and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before the end of the campaign which will be big tests.
Perhaps Liverpool weren’t at their best at Swansea last week but they still took maximum points thanks to stand-in skipper Jordan Henderson’s second-half strike and also got 25 minutes out of Steven Gerrard on his return from injury.
Brazilian Lucas is close to a return but there was no sign of Mario Balotelli in the matchday squad.
Rodgers has some big decision to make at the end of the season regarding the Anfield future of several of his squad and the Italian is one of those who may well be moved on after a largely non-productive nine months.
But talks are still ongoing regarding an improved contract for Raheem Sterling.
Manchester United had been labouring a little prior to last week’s victory over Spurs but, with Michael Carrick back pulling the strings, there was a much better balance to the side against Mauriccio Pochettino’s team and they ran out comfortable winners with Wayne Rooney playing much further forward than of late.
The England skipper is usually a thorn in the side of Liverpool and his team have won more times at Anfield than any other visiting side in the Premier League.
They’ve also lost just one of their last nine on the road in the league so this looks a fixture that’s too close to call with plenty at stake for both teams in the race for a Champions League spot.
United were much improved last week while Liverpool were a bit below par but the Merseysiders have been in the better form in general over the last couple of months and are probably more consistent.
It is they who are taken to emerge with the spoils at 21/20 and Daniel Sturridge could be a good bet to score the first goal at 5/1.
The match kicks off at 1.30pm on Sunday, March 22 at Anfield.