How would you define the rivalry between the fans of Manchester United and Liverpool

By February 07, 2019
Leighton Levy

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    Emile Heskey believes shallow depth in attack could prove Liverpool's undoing in their bid to beat Manchester City to the Premier League title.

    The Reds have won each of their first six matches of the new season to race into a five-point lead at the top of the table.

    City, though, fired a warning over the weekend with an extraordinary 8-0 demolition of Watford, the club's biggest ever top-flight victory attained even as Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus watched from the bench.

    Liverpool edged Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday but Heskey, their former striker, fears the run of results could come to a halt if one of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane is forced out of the starting XI.

    The trio have already combined for 11 league goals in the club's quest to make amends for last season's domestic heartbreak.

    "It's a tall order because at this moment in time City have the best squad in terms of depth," Heskey told Omnisport.

    "If you take certain players out of City they've always got someone who can step in and do a specific job, the way the manager wants him to do it.

    "Liverpool, if you take Salah, Mane or Firmino out, it's not quite the same, whereas City have a better blend."

    Divock Origi, the only other established striker in Jurgen Klopp's squad, remains unavailable due to an ankle injury, while Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and James Milner are yet to provide any Premier League goals from deeper positions.

    Heskey added: "I think City have a better midfield. I'm not saying Liverpool's midfield is bad, by the way, I'm just saying they have a better blend and they probably give you more goals from midfield.

    "But if [Liverpool] keep the pressure on like they are doing, you never know."

    Ex-England international Heskey spent four and a half seasons at Anfield, winning the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and EFL Cup under Gerard Houllier.

    The pair later reunited at Aston Villa and while success proved far more elusive, the Leicester City product regards the Frenchman as one of his most astute bosses.

    "I had nothing but good experiences with him. One of the best," Heskey said, rejecting former Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland's description of Houllier as a "really horrendous" manager.

    "He helped me understand and really learn football. Really meticulous in the finer details of things and living for football. I've got nothing bad to say about Gerard.

    "When people ask me about the best manager I had, I always say two - Martin O'Neill and Gerard Houllier."

  • Rumour Has It: Barcelona players losing confidence in Valverde Rumour Has It: Barcelona players losing confidence in Valverde

    Ernesto Valverde is facing a big week at Barcelona.

    Valverde is under pressure early in the season after Barca slumped to a 2-0 loss at Granada to be left with just seven points from their opening five games of the LaLiga season.

    Now, the next week is shaping as crucial for Valverde.

     

    TOP STORY – BARCELONA PLAYERS LOSING CONFIDENCE IN VALVERDE

    Several Barcelona players have started to lose confidence in Valverde, according to ESPN.

    With seven points from five league games, Barcelona have made their worst start to a season since 1994-95.

    Monday's cover of Sport says Valverde needs an urgent reaction, with his side hosting Villarreal on Tuesday and visiting Getafe four days later.

     

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    Barcelona are keeping an eye on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz. Barca's sporting director Eric Abidal was present as Fabian scored in Napoli's 4-1 win over Lecce on Saturday, according to Calciomercato.

    AC Milan want to strengthen at right-back and are considering Tottenham defender Serge Aurier, according to Sportmediaset, amid suggestions Andrea Conti is struggling to impress.

    Jose Mourinho has had chances to return to management and the former Real Madrid and Manchester United boss apparently turned down a surprise opportunity last year. Fichajes reports Boca Juniors tried to convince Mourinho to take over, but the Portuguese tactician said he was not yet ready to leave Europe.

    Everton have made a slow start to the Premier League season and are assessing ways to strengthen their attack. The Daily Express reports they are interested in signing Yussuf Poulsen from RB Leipzig. The Denmark international scored 15 Bundesliga goals last season.

  • Klopp 'slept pretty well' despite Man City performance Klopp 'slept pretty well' despite Man City performance

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted he "slept pretty well" despite Manchester City's thumping of Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.

    Pep Guardiola's defending champions City produced a brilliant performance to thrash Watford 8-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

    But Liverpool still managed to restore their five-point lead at the top on Sunday, overcoming Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

    Klopp said he lost no sleep after seeing City's result, with the two clubs again expected to be pushing each other in the title race.

    "I wanted to see the goals. I saw a two-minute, 50 seconds summary after I left the training pitch," he said, via the Telegraph.

    "Eight goals and two crossbars. I need to watch it fully to really understand it.

    "For Watford it was a tough day. If it can happen against any team in the world it will be City. We had a similar situation when we lost there I think 5-0 [in 2017].

    "If you have 10 men the worst place in the world is Manchester City. I slept pretty well."

    Liverpool face MK Dons in the EFL Cup on Wednesday before a trip to Sheffield United in the Premier League three days later.

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