The match that really should speak for itself
Before the big game, the big talk – as two sets of Reds prepare for their match on Sunday, the verbal bigging-up has already begun in earnest.
January 11th, 2013
As if the prospect of Man United v Liverpool wasn’t enough to attract a sellout crowd to Old Trafford this Sunday, newspaper columnists have sharpened their pencils ready to lay on the thick layers of hyperbole for a match that has always spoken for itself.
In an intense rivalry going back as far as the sixties – through the Merseysiders’ dominance of the national game in the 70s and 80s (and a cheeky four European Cups to boot) to United’s resurgence in the 90s and noughties, the two most successful clubs in the English game will renew their acquaintance again with differing aims.
United holds a fairly solid seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League and is hoping for a slip-up from nearest rivals City to potentially stretch the gap into double figures; meanwhile, Liverpool will be keen to increase their seven-game unbeaten run (with five wins, two draws) to at least chase the Europa League place currently occupied by noisy neighbours Everton.
United will be buoyed by the news that Nani and Anderson are both back in contention and – although he won’t be fit in time for the Liverpool game – Wayne Rooney is well on the way to full fitness. The new Liverpool signing Daniel Sturridge, whose claims of the club’s all-time greatness will no doubt have incensed fans of his side’s next opponents, could also make his league debut, although Jose Enrique and Martin Kelly look likely to miss out.