Jamie Redknapp: What Jose Mourinho will have learned from Liverpool’s loss ahead of Man United clash
The former Liverpool captain believes Jose Mourinho will have taken plenty of encouragement from the EFL Cup at St Mary's
Jamie Redknapp believes Jose Mourinho will have taken plenty of encouragement from Liverpool’s 1-0 loss at Southampton in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final clash ahead of their trip to Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
Nathan Redmond made the breakthrough in the first half at St Mary’s after the former Norwich midfielder managed to beat Liverpool summer signing Loris Karius with a close-range finish to give the Saints a slender advantage.
The Reds have failed to win their last three games following stalemates with Sunderland in the Premier League and League Two outfit Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third round before their 1-0 loss to Southampton at St Mary’s.
Manchester United, on the other hand, have won their last nine games in all competitions ahead of the visit of Liverpool, including a 2-0 win against Hull.
Former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp believes Mourinho will fancy Manchester United’s chances of beating Liverpool without Sadio Mane.
“Jose Mourinho will be well aware today that you can stand 10 yards further forward up the pitch when Mane doesn’t play, because everyone wants the ball to feet,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“When Mane plays it’s totally different, that speed in-behind, and I think that’s why Southampton were so comfortable today.”
Liverpool are in second place and five points adrift of leaders Chelsea.