It has taken almost 30 years, but Liverpool are finally on course to become English league champions this season for the first time since 1990. Jurgen Klopp’s team go into Sunday’s clash with Manchester United at Anfield with a 14-point lead at the top of the Premier League table – and with a game in hand, no less. They have won 20 of their 21 league games so far this season. Only Manchester United, at Old Trafford in October, have been able to take points off Liverpool during the 2019-20 campaign, and nobody has been able to beat them.
Martin Keown is clearly not yet a Manchester United fan, as he wants Liverpool to show no mercy to his bitter rivals when they come to Anfield on Sunday.
The Arsenal legend believes that Jürgen Klopp’s team can clearly express their intention to win the Premier League title by taking a “firm” win this weekend.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown has stated his belief that Liverpool will match the Gunners’ Invincibles title win this season.
In a column for the Daily Mail, Keown, who won his third Premier League title with Arsenal in their unbeaten 2003-04 season, said he thinks Liverpool will do the same in this campaign because
“they have all the right ingredients.”
“Fear from the opposition is one [such ingredient]. We had that at Arsenal back then, and Liverpool have that now.”
The Reds are the reigning European champions and appear to be on an unstoppable march to the title, having built up a 13-point lead with a game in hand on their rivals. “That grows in the minds of opponents,” Keown added.
The Red Devils also have a history of ending their rivals’ long unbeaten streaks, having done the same to Arsenal’s Invincibles and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2004 and 2005. But Keown – often a villain among United fans due to his famous feud with Ruud van Nistelrooy – is adamant they will not get anywhere near the Anfield hosts, describing them as ‘caged animals’ who will be hungry for a big victory.
“Liverpool could really put Manchester United to the sword this weekend,”
“Man United have had a difficult run of games, a replay in the FA Cup, and they essentially didn’t rest any of their players.
“Now this is going to be another message here.
“There is always a big result when you win a title, there’s always an emphatic result, and I think it’s going to come this weekend.
“They’re ready for it now, this game is perfect for them.
“I think Liverpool’s most disappointing performance of the season came against Manchester United.
“They limped to a draw, they didn’t play like prospective champions and you have to play that way, you’re the new kids on the block and they didn’t have that swagger. United changed their system and it seemed to affect Jurgen Klopp and that then affected his players.
“But this one now, they are like caged animals, liverpool are the team who really want to go out there this weekend and take the game. They’re ready for it now.
“Looking at their games played, this is the FIFTH game for Man United since January 1, but this is only Liverpool’s third.
“They played their kids against Everton, and won, and they haven’t had a replay, so most of their players have been well rested.
“They’re fresh and ready to go for it and they can’t wait for Manchester United to turn up in town.”
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