“Liverpool will go in confident with the way they’re playing” when they face Man United next Monday, says legend Jamie Carragher.
Once the international break is done and dusted, Liverpool and United go head to head at Anfield, in what promises to be an electric atmosphere under the floodlights for the first night game since the expanded capacity.
The Reds’ current form has been outstanding, with five wins in a row in all competitions, while their bitter rivals have stuttered under Jose Mourinho.
Carragher, like the rest of us, cannot wait for what promises to be a great occasion on Merseyside, and says Liverpool should fully believe they can pick up all three points.
“This is extra special, under the lights at Anfield, and there’s been some great games there, you think of the 3-3 game all that time ago. It will be a great atmosphere, and I think Liverpool will go in confident with the way they’re playing.
“But it’s always difficult on the back of international games – who you bring back, what time they come back, did anyone pick up any injuries, so that will have bearing too.”
“It probably feels like that [Liverpool more likely to win title than United] now, because of how Liverpool have started the season, but it was only two or three days ago we were saying it was going to be a shoot-out for the league between United and City,” he added.
“I still think United will be right up there come the end of the season, the manager has got great experience of winning the Premier League, so I certainly wouldn’t write Manchester United off at such an early stage.
“I think them, and hopefully Liverpool, will be up there fighting for the title.”
Finally, Carragher touched upon what is sure to be a much-publicised touchline battle between Klopp and Mourinho – two of the world’s most famous managers.
“That’s a talking point for every big game now, we knew at the start of the season how important the names were, how big the names were, some of the biggest in world football,” he said.
“We find ourselves talking about managers now more than players, which I think some people enjoy, some people think it’s the players on the pitch.
“Whichever way you look at it, it just shows you how big the Premier League is.”
Title hopes certainly won’t be ended when the two sides face-off next week, but a victory for either would be a huge statement of intent.
Liverpool have had some struggles at home to United in the league in recent years, winning just one of the last five meetings at Anfield, but hopefully this time things are different.