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Why Should We Worry About Liverpool?

We all know what the build-up is like to these games? Grand Slam Sunday, the whole thing hyped up mercilessly - though some pundits now started warning us about the possibilities - and then inevitably tight games with few chances that might even be described as dull.

Not much more can be expected this time yet the players themselves are talking big time. Shooting their mouths off in the press rarely makes a difference of course but it's worth having a look at, especially as Liverpool appear to be full of confidence after winning seven games on the bounce.

'Fernando and Stevie are playing really well, scoring goals and have a good partnership. I think the Manchester United defenders will be really worried,' Alvaro Arbeloa told Liverpool's official website.

'You worry a little bit when you're going to be up against Ronaldo, Tevez and Rooney because they are fantastic players - but that's my job. We have big defenders here like Carra, Sami and Fabio Aurelio. They are great defenders, so I can sleep well.'

John Arne Riise expressed similar thoughts. So, in short, we should be very worried while Liverpool defenders will be only a little worried and losing no sleep?
Now that's what I call shooting their mouths off. It happens on our part, too - and you can't help but being a bit exasperated reading all this. Arbeloa is right, it's his job to stop us but I would it's Rio and co.'s job to stop Torres and Gerrard and they will lose no sleep seeing they have done that once this season.

So, should we worry about Liverpool? As usual, the completely impartial BBC's every pundit is analysing what Liverpool have to do to beat us, it's difficult not to smile at their efforts of declaring their support to the dippers without actually saying 'Go Liverpool!'. It's a common belief that Torres and Gerrard are the key as they are on fire and nobody doubts their chances of getting the goods at Old Trafford while Ronaldo, league's most consistent player by a country mile, is slagged off for supposedly not delivering in big games, whatever that means for the pundits.

The truth is that it's more than likely the aforementioned big names (Torres, Gerrard, Ronaldo) will have little impact on the game that is likely to be dominated by defensive excellence. The only Liverpool player I am really worried about - though the others might prove me wrong - is Javier Mascherano who has a disconcerting habit of playing a blinder pretty much every time he features for his team. We must find a way of getting round him - be it either a piece of individual brilliance or intelligent movement that stretches their midfield or simply relying on set-pieces to nullify his qualities, I don't care - to get a result from this match.

Though I said these games can be called dull, I do not believe they actually are as I like the fascinating tactical battles that take place. The problem for a neutral is that as they do not feel the gripping tension, the lack of end-to-end football and gilt-edged chances will disappoint them. I, however, won't be disappointed regardless the quality this game will offer if we find ourselves five points clear at the top on Sunday evening! Though I admit that is dream's stuff and as such it's unlikely to actually happen. But I can keep hoping.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 22 2008

Time: 1:01PM

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think Fergie will have the Liverpool players statements pinned to the dressing room walls as part of his team talk ,, they should know better ! anyway ,, I seriously thought you guy's would have things more or less sorted by now ,, but hey !!! this time tomorrow could bring the title within touching distance ,, a Man U win ,, and a draw in London and Happy Day's are here again ,, sicerely hope it turns out that way ,, good luck from your Friends in the north !!! Hail ,, Hail ,, United ,,,,,,
wishaw bhoy
leageu speaks for itself, liverpool are no match for us.
maybe so rooneyisgod but the league last couple of years would say Liverpool were no match for Chelsea - they've still dumped us out of several cup semis. It's all well and good finishing higher in the league than a team, doesn't mean they can't still win a match against you. You finished higher than West Ham last season - how did your matches against them go?
RIG - yes its true the league does speak for itself, but if man u had the problems we have had i think it would affect them too and if chelsea never lost so many players through injury and the african natins i think they would be better placed than they are now. at the end of the day yeah you lot are top of the pile right now but there are still alot of points to be won and lost in which could see you win the league or finishe 2nd or even third so dont count your chikens yet mate because there be nothing more that would make liverpool happy is to be part of the reason you dont win the league or even put a dent in it. well apart from win it of course but thats out the window for now........
part one complete ,, now it,s eyes down to the Capital ,, fingers crossed !!!
wishaw bhoy
F**kin typical.The Russians start singin you don't know what you're doin' at Grant and then they score twice.A draw would've been perfect but six clear of the Gooners and five clear of Chelski......i'll take it!!!!!!!
muffy then dont buy players that you know you are going to lose. and clearly chelsea won most of the games during african nations so dont use that as an excuse.
You needen´t worry about Poo, they are crap. simple as that. Wouldn´t surprise me at all if you beat them 3-0 or more.
Blue is the colour
when was the last time they beat you?
In the league? 2002. Hell, Newcastle have the same record against us that Liverpool "boast" since Benitez took over. Anyway, this pre-match analysis wasn't bad: Gerrard and Torres were anonymous but as it turned out we shouldn't have worried about Mascherano, either - that one you got wrong :-)
was the last time we beat you 2004 when danny murphy scored the penalty agaist you. anyway doesnt really matter, i think not only is the title between chelski and you lot but i also think that it is between you two to who owns the most ref's. bennett might as well put a man u top on, torres got kicked by rio twice with in 10 seconds and then then scholes as well in that time torres stays up gets the freekick and gets booked for it. what the fecks that all about. i dont know goes on in the dressing rooms but fergie must the godfather or something because ref's dont like going against at OT

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