Liverpool legend John Aldridge has warned his former club that Manchester United will ‘sense their weaknesses’ and look to exploit them when the two sides clash at Anfield on Sunday.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game to the Liverpool Echo, Aldridge pinpointed Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips as players United could target if either start.
He said: “They’ll back themselves on the break with the pace they’ve got up front but I don’t think the fans would be allowing that!
“I think it’ll be a pretty open game and they’ll sense our weaknesses in trying to hit long balls between young Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“That’s what teams do, they pinpoint that area because our full-backs get forward and take up advanced positions, so then we struggle.
“We struggled against Villa with the goal, we struggled against West Brom at times down the channels.
“The left channel is not too bad, because Fabinho looks up and sees it but for the young lads – as well as they’re doing and they are doing superbly – it’s really hard.
“Teams have a lot of quality and players who can put the ball in difficult areas with people chasing them – the likes of which Rashford will do.”
However, Aldridge believes Liverpool have what it takes to beat United, adding: “It’s up to us to do what we’re good at. And that is scoring goals at Anfield.
“We haven’t been playing well away from home this year but at Anfield we’ve only drawn once and won the rest, so it’s not all doom and gloom.
“It’ll be a test though, they’re a lot better than they were – they couldn’t have been any worse! There’s respect between the clubs but there’s hatred between the fans – it’s a big game and the players know it.
“You saw the way the players and fans celebrated that second goal last year – they know how big it is and the ball is in their court. I wouldn’t say Liverpool need to work on anything before United come to Anfield though. The Reds just need to get back to what they’re good at.”