Liverpool v Man Utd: Premier League preview
Jamie Carragher has revealed how he would stop Bruno Fernandes when Liverpool host Manchester United today. Fernandes has been instrumental as United have stormed to the top of the Premier League.
A win for Liverpool though will take them back above Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Portuguese midfielder Fernandes has become one of Solskjaer’s key players since he arrived at Old Trafford last January, scoring 19 goals and making 14 assists in 31 top flight matches.
He has become even more important to United this campaign, being involved in 18 of his side’s 34 goals so far this campaign.
But Liverpool legend Carragher believes it will be possible to stop United’s talisman, although he does not anticipate manager Jurgen Klopp will detail any Reds player to man-mark him.
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Instead, he predicts that Liverpool’s pressing will the key to preventing Fernandes from influencing the game.
“I think if you can really compress Manchester United in their own half, you will limit the space for Fernandes,” Carragher, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, said to the Liverpool Echo.
“That said, he will get space as the game opens up, of course he will. But I don’t think anybody will be designated a role as such to stop Fernandes.
“I think it will be a case of being as compact as possible and as aggressive as possible.”
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United have won only one of the last 10 meetings between the teams – six have been draws – and haven’t won at Anfield in exactly five years.
And Carragher has predicted that their poor run on Merseyside will continue, and pointed to Liverpool’s previous success in top of the table clashes.
Klopp’s side lost just once to a top four side on their march to the Premier League title last season, while they are also unbeaten against the sides currently occupying the other Champions League spots.
And former Reds captain Carragher has backed the reigning Premier League champions to continue that run.
“Liverpool play really high, especially at Anfield and they almost crush the opposition,” he said.
“They leave no space for them to play and (at their best) that’s what they’ve done. Across European football, I think all of the high pressing teams have dropped off slightly for whatever reason.
“But I think in the real big games when teams try to take Liverpool on and play football, they have found it really tough.
“I think that’s going to be the case if Man United do, as they normally do, play out from the back.”
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