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Brave Offensive Style Can Beat United

Date: 12th January 2013 at 10:00 am
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I’VE said already many times this season that I’m yet to be convinced by Rodgers as a manager, but his style of football has certainly had me intrigued. At times, it appears pointless, toothless and intent only on having the highest pass-completion stats in the country. But when it does work, as it did against QPR and Sunderland, it can be devastating, and leave the opposition shell-shocked.

So despite my feelings about Rodgers, I feel that his style of play could well be a huge factor in our favour on Sunday.

The residents of are so used to teams turning up with the white-flag already raised, that they rarely come up against a side (on their home ground, at least) that takes the game to them and dominates possession.

Thinking back to the match at Anfield last year, and prior to Shelvey’s sending-off, the Reds dominated United in a way that we never see other teams doing. The high-tempo, possession-heavy game that Liverpool played that day left United’s player at odds and not even Ferguson himself seemed to know how to respond. Then Jonjo got his marching orders and, despite still keeping the ball, Liverpool’s lack of an extra man meant that the result went against them.

With the players the Reds have got we should be no strangers to a good battle, and we have some real veterans of clashes against Man United such as Agger, Skrtel, Reina, Johnson, Gerrard and Lucas, as well as the likes of Suarez who thrives in games such as these.

Another factor that’ll play to our advantage, particularly on this occasion, is that we’re enormous underdogs. For the first time in many years most observers – both expert and otherwise – will undoubtedly not give us a chance. So with that lack of pressure, coupled with our style of play and good form, I think we have a pretty decent chance of upsetting the odds at Old Trafford.

On Sunday, I think that Rodgers will probably play slightly more conservatively, maybe not push so high up, but it’s in his nature (as we’ve seen many times this season) to vary little from his tried and tested formula. And, provided we play to our strengths, and all of the players show up like they have in the past couple of league outings, I think it could work in our favour and we’ll get the result that’ll give us all a great boost for the rest of January.


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6 thoughts on “Brave Offensive Style Can Beat United

  • slick
    2 years ago

    High pressing and good passing up the pitch, 21 points ahead is a joke, we have a better goal keeper, defence, midfield. The only reason they are so far ahead is they outscore every team, if we could score more but keep clean sheets like we ususally do we would have one hell of a winning formula. ynwa. ohh and Rogers is a cracker don’t go knocking him keep the faith. j4t96.

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    • Finn
      2 years ago

      Master strategy that – “score more and keep a clean sheet” ….. hmmmm , its amazing no one figured that out b4

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  • tommy
    2 years ago

    yes we can win it , we need the defence to be solid, quick forward passing, quick movement if defence is solid and we’re not giving the ball away in midfield then we’ll do the business , our defence is better than theirs our midfield is as good even better , lets hope our strikers take their chances , then 2nil to the REDS

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  • tommy
    2 years ago

    i hear ferguson loves a bottle of 700 quid bottle of wines after each game , does this booze taste better than a bottle or can of white lightening cider HA! he’s a posh *head now

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  • Finn
    2 years ago

    You said it yourself – ‘when it does work as it did against QPR and Sunderland ‘ – QPR Fulham and Sunderland – thats it !

    problem is , it doesnt work against good teams . Rodgers simply doesnt have the tactical nouse to beat good teams !

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  • simon
    2 years ago

    If Allen does not play we have a chance

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