Jamie Carragher believes that a Manchester United victory over Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday would send “shockwaves” through the Premier League.
United replaced Liverpool at the top of the table with Tuesday’s victory over Burnley.
As such, they can go six points clear of the reigning champions with three more points on Merseyside. However, in doing so they would also be inflicting Liverpool’s first home league defeat since May 2017.
The Red Devils have the momentum heading into the game – they have not lost in the league since the start of November. Liverpool, meanwhile, have only won two of their last six matches.
“I actually think it’s a bigger game for Liverpool,” the pundit said. “The onus is more on them.
“If United got a result there, that’s when the belief would come that they could win the league.
“I still think people think United may fall away and Liverpool have still got that edge, but if they won at Anfield that would send shockwaves through the Premier League.
“It’s a game where Liverpool need to show they are the champions, they are the better team, get the result and also a performance that puts Manchester United back where they are.”
Carragher added that he believes Liverpool will not change their approach to dominating possession at home, despite United’s obvious counter-attacking threat.
What’s more, the Reds‘ defensive frailties may well be exposed by their arch rivals.
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Meanwhile, Paul Ince also spoke to Sky Sports News, admitting that he has a different belief about United picking up three points at Anfield.
He said: “Lately, with these big, big games, you see that teams were too scared to lose the game instead of going to win it.
“It will be interesting to see what mentality both teams adopt, but I feel it’s a game Manchester United can win, and that’s something I wouldn’t have said two years ago.
“Liverpool are the champions, there will be that extra added pressure, that expectation. They should go into the game with the confidence of champions, but they are now facing a Manchester United side who are really confident themselves.
“United are not thrashing teams, they were fortunate against Wolves, the Aston Villa game could have gone either way, but they are winning games and will go to Anfield confident of getting the win.”