A physically draining and tactical match-up against a Manchester United side admittedly containing several extremely talented players is perhaps what this Liverpool team needs.
The previous two performances from Jurgen Klopp’s men have been a shade of the explosive and energetic team displays that have elevated the Reds to second place in the Premier League table.
A packed schedule, injuries and the loss of one of our best players in Sadio Mane is something we have to find a way to deal with if we are to be considered realistic title challengers.
We have been far too slow on and off the ball in recent weeks and that is exactly what Klopp wants his players to improve.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “If we don’t speed up, then the ball has to speed up. That’s how it is. The passing needs to be quicker, earlier and all that stuff. So, that’s the situation.”
“There was only one game where we didn’t create a lot of chances – that was the last one.”
“That’s how it is always in life. If something doesn’t work, you have to think about it. Was it because of [something], or did it only happen? It is a mixture.”
“We know what we have to do to create more chances, but especially ahead of the United game we don’t have to think too much about dominance and all that stuff. We need to think about different things and that’s what we [have done].”
Sunday’s game is the ideal opportunity to rediscover the spark to our play and conjure the kind of spirited and exciting display that very few people are expecting from us right now.
It is time to add the flair and speed back into our game and the fearless attitude that has threatened to fade away. We are a match for any side in this division and we are more than capable of becoming the cause of a torrid day for Jose Mourinho’s men.