Liverpool have somewhat exceeded expectations of everyone related to football. At the beginning of the season the media touted them to finish in a Europa League place (5th) but instead Liverpool have gone from strength to strength ever since their win against Manchester United. Despite a blip against Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea a few matches back they now find themselves 1 point ahead of the Premier League holders Manchester United; although Manchester United do have one game in hand over the Merseyside club. This match is being called “The Title Decider”. Nobody seems to be taking any notice of United having a game in hand but instead it is felt that if Liverpool get a win at Old Trafford that they will continue this unbeaten run to secure the Premier League title for the first time in 22 years.
A Visit to the Theatre of Dreams
We have received the team news for the two teams and there are a couple of surprises from James Gallagher the Liverpool manager.
Match Information and Build Up
Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to go with the same 4-4-2 formation that his team started with in the first game against the two sides. United will be looking to use the pace of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia which means Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique will have a tough match ahead of them.
The Liverpool manager has surprised a lot of people with his choice. Charlie Adam has not been a regular for Liverpool this season but he has been trusted to control the middle of the pitch with the support of Lucas Leiva. Steven Gerrard who has had an indifferent season so far has been placed out on the wing but it would not be surprising if Liverpool looked to swap him and Eden Hazard, who has been a revelation since he joined the team, to give Gerrard more control over the game. Raheem Sterling, who was only registered with the team a week ago has been given a game against the teams arch rivals. It will be interesting to see how the youngster handles the pressure and I am sure it will be an interesting battle between himself and Chris Smalling.
Kick off time: 19:30
Stadium: Old Trafford
Weather: Cloudy, drizzle, 3 degrees Celsius
Manchester United: Wayne Rooney
Liverpool: Daniel Agger
Post match Conference: The Liverpool manager described the match as a drab one between two teams which simply cancelled each other out. He could not single out a player, on both teams, which grabbed his opportunity to win the game for their team. James Gallagher had been impressed with his teams work in the tackle and how they handled the late onslaught by the Manchester United side. Due to the match being a stalemate it is very hard to determine which of these two teams will finish champions. I think this will become a lot clearer when more games have been played.