THERE is an air of optimism surrounding Liverpool fans due to the wretched form Manchester United are going through now.
Optimism, however, should not be misinterpreted as over-confidence, and fans should not let it get over their heads thinking that a win is already in the bag.
A match between two of England’s most successful clubs is never straightforward and there will be fireworks. Anything can happen over the 90 minutes.
Man Utd are like a wounded animal that could lash out at Liverpool as they aim to find their feet again and what better way to regain their confidence by having a go at their bitter rivals and causing an upset in the process.
Even United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has said that Liverpool would be the perfect opponents for Man Utd after the international break.
On paper, Liverpool will be favourites to gain full points but the Merseysiders’ track record at Old Trafford in the past few years has not been great.
The last time Liverpool won there was in 2014 while last season’s game ended in a drab 0-0 draw and the season before that ended in a 2-1 defeat for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool can win tomorrow but they also seem to have the tendency to drop points. Their defence, despite being the best in the Premier League so far with only six goals conceded, still looks suspect.
Having Alisson Becker returning to training following his injury is certainly a welcome and major boost. But having missed all eight league games, he could be a bit rusty and it would be interesting if he does get the nod over Adrian.
But my take is Alisson does need to start playing regularly to make up for lost time and to get back into the groove.
And up on top, the fearsome front three of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have also been guilty of missing so many opportunities to kill off games.
It is with high hopes that they can rediscover their terrorising form and be more clinical in the final third against the world’s most expensive defender in Harry Maguire and company.
The brick wall that is David de Gea got injured during Spain’s midweek European qualifier against Sweden and this too could prove to be a game-changer.
The fans may attribute the teams winning streak to tenacity and that Liverpool have all the traits of finally emerging as Premier League champions by grinding out victories, but in truth, Klopp’s side have been riding their luck in the past few games.
Had it not been for Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson’s howler or the untimely foul by Leicester’s Marc Albrighton on Sadio Mane, Liverpool would be leading the table by just four points instead of the current eight point lead.
It is hard to imagine if luck will finally run out soon.
But one thing is guaranteed. This Liverpool side are a bunch of battlers and will not go down without a fight.
There will be more heart-stopping and “edge-of-the-seat” moments until May next year.