Liverpool remains “a stronger team” than Manchester United heading towards their crunch clash at Anfield, says John Aldridge, when Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford are taken out of the equation, with the Red Devils considered to be “very ordinary”.
During the 2020-21 campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side depended greatly on the brilliance of individuals. They were well helped by that strategy, with the possibility that United will go to Merseyside on Sunday at the top of the Premier League table.
Liverpool is conscious that the chasing pack has closed in on them this season amid challenges for consistency and holding key men away from injury, having dominated the domestic scene in 2019-20.
However, Aldridge claims that the side of Jurgen Klopp remains substantially stronger than Old Trafford competitors and will show as much when given a chance to put down a title marker.
The former Reds striker told the Liverpool Echo: “You can give the strikers as much completion as they want or work with the defense through drills, but Jurgen Klopp can make his players aware of what this week is good for United.
To have the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford on the ball is what they’re good at – they’re the threat.
The rest of their team is pretty average, they’d come in fifth or sixth, but they’d make a team out of those two. This week, Klopp won’t go overboard to United, because we’re a better team and we’ve proven that. They just got closer and it’s about getting the lads to demonstrate that we mean business.
We’re in the business part of the season and we need to start now, in particular with the likes of United. It’s time to get on track again.
To stop getting unstuck against the Red Devils, Aldridge added what Liverpool would do: “United can only play one way and they can not defend.”