‘I am backing them’: BBC Sport pundit predicts Man United v Liverpool FC
Danny Murphy looks ahead to Liverpool FC's trip to Man United on Sunday afternoon
Danny Murphy is backing Liverpool FC to claim victory when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp’s men head to Anfield looking to continue their push for the title after having won all eight of their opening eight Premier League games this term.
Liverpool FC started the weekend a staggering eight points clear of closest challengers Manchester City and the Reds have established themselves as the favourites to win the title this term.
Manchester United, meanwhile, have made a stuttering start to the new campaign and have only managed to win two of their opening eight Premier League games this season.
Despite Manchester United playing at Old Trafford in front of their home fans, former Liverpool FC midfielder Murphy is tipping the Red Devils to come up short against Klopp’s leaders.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Murphy said: “This time, United are struggling, while Liverpool also have such a healthy lead at the top of the table after winning their first eight games that they are not in a position where they will be feeling any pressure.
“As far as the bigger picture goes, Liverpool are eight points clear so it would not even matter too much this time if they were beaten, but I don’t see that happening. I am backing them to win.”
He continued: “The way I expect United to play should suit Liverpool down to the ground.
“If United come out and attack, which is what I think will happen, then that will play right into Liverpool’s hands.
“When United are at home, there is always an obligation for them to have a go at the opposition, especially in this particular fixture – and even more so now because of their recent form.
“United need a reaction in front of their own fans because their recent performances have been lacklustre and lethargic in many ways, with none of the creativity, energy or pace you expect from them.”
Liverpool FC are aiming to go one step further than they did last season, when they ended up a single point behind Manchester City in the Premier League table.
The Reds won the Champions League last season, while Manchester United finished sixth and without a trophy.