Fortune Favours the Brave
With only 12 games remaining in the League this season, we’ve a great opportunity to do something special, something we haven’t done in 29 years. This squad of players have the chance to become legends, all they need to do, is be brave, and not let the pressures of history weigh down on them. It won’t be an easy task, as Manchester City are purring at the moment, but at present it’s still in our hands. Liverpool have 36 points left to play for, you’d think we’ll need to win the majority of them games, as Manchester City won’t drop too many points in the run in.
If we can go to Old Trafford and come away with three valuable points, then the unthinkable can become possible. It’s vital we don’t lose, as one point sends us back top, with the same number of games played as Manchester City. One thing’s for sure United won’t role over, they’ll give every ounce of energy to try ruin it for Liverpool. We just need to go to Old Trafford and be fearless, leave everything we have out on the field. If the team can do that until the end of the season and fall short. Then at least we’ll say they tried, but hats off to Manchester City if they can retain the title from under our noses.
Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are similar in ways, as they both want their teams to take risks and to be fearless. They both like to build from the back, play high lines and not let the opposition have any time to think. They want their player’s to take risks, and if it doesn’t come off, they’ll hold their hands up and take the blame themselves.
In an interview after we beat Spurs 2-1 back in September, Jürgen Klopp said,
“Two years ago, we had the best record in the top-six games and when we played anyone else, it wasn’t too cool.
“Last year, our away record against the top six wasn’t really good and I told the boys it wasn’t because the were against the top six, it was because we didn’t defend as good as we could.
“It was clear we had to defend against Tottenham at the highest level and be brave.
“Against a pressing team like Tottenham, if you’re not brave or confident then it’s so difficult. You have to use the size of the Wembley pitch and that’s what we did.
Our runs in behind were brilliant and how we kept the ball was all good. But it’s one game.”
Jürgen will have the same message come Sunday, but he won’t want us to be caught on the counter. I think this game will suit us more been away from home to Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s revitalised United, as Ole, likes his team to play on the counter, the home fans won’t want their team to sit back, and will want them to try take the game to us. Which will leave space for us to try take advantage of, if we can score the first goal, then I’m confident of a win. But if we concede first, then I’d be very worried, as it will suit United for us to be chasing the game.
My prediction is a hard fought 2-1 win for Liverpool, with Salah and Mane scoring the goals, Rashford to score for them.
Let’s all hope come 4 o’clock on Sunday, we’ll sit 3 points clear on top of the League, with 11 games to play. All we need to do is take it game by game and hope that come the 12th of May, our brave player’s are fortunate enough to win our first title in 29 years.