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Danny Murphy tells Liverpool how to beat Manchester United and makes predictions for Anfield clash



Danny Murphy is a former Liverpool, Tottenham and England midfielder, Danny Murphy played over 700 professional matches as a footballer. Now, he works as a regular pundit and analyst for BBC Sport.

 Murphy has told Liverpool how they should approach their upcoming Premier League clash with Manchester United and revealed his prediction for the Anfield tie.
Liverpool, currently sixth in the Premier League, host third-placed Man United on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have had a stunning season and remain six points clear of Champions League places despite winning three of their last four league games.

Liverpool’s Champions League run is also hanging by a thread after suffering a 5-2 loss to Real Madrid in the first leg of their round of 16.

While Liverpool risk stagnating under Klopp, Manchester United are having a superb season, climbing to third place in the Premier League and winning the EFL Cup last weekend. Despite United’s impressive form, former England midfielder Murphy doesn’t see Erik ten Hag’s side winning at Anfield and has advised Liverpool how to “disturb” the visitors.

“I think Liverpool will get to 100mph, they have to,” Murphy said on FIVE’s YouTube channel.

“You have to try and upset this Manchester United team, a bit like Liverpool did against Real Madrid. The problem was they couldn’t last longer than the first 30 minutes and they were taken down.

“But you have to upset United and make them uncomfortable. United have too many great players who were there, succeeded and got the shirt.

“You have players who don’t mind going to Anfield so you have to chase them down and unseat them and not let them get comfortable. For 20-30 minutes you have to go there and see if you can score the first goal.

“My big concern for Liverpool is whether they concede the first goal. What we’ve seen at Manchester United lately is great game management.


“They can sit inside, not chase the game, defend their penalty area and not worry if they don’t have the ball. So that’s a concern if United score their first goal.

“I’d be surprised if Jurgen Klopp doesn’t chase Manchester United soon and get the crowd to follow him.”

When asked about his prediction for the Anfield clash, Murphy added: “I think it will be a draw, I think United will get a draw, they won’t win.

“I think it will be a draw or Liverpool are just out. I don’t see Man United winning just on their away form in the big games this season. They didn’t actually show up.

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Liverpool are reportedly open to offer Luis Diaz in a trade deal for AC Milan striker Rafael Leao, with the Reds keen to sign the Portuguese international.

According to CalcioMercatoWeb, the Merseyside club are interested in bringing the Serie A superstar to Anfield in the summer, but with an asking price of €150m, a move would be impossible without some creativity. in an exchange deal for Leao.
Currently out through injury, the Colombian international has been one of Liverpool’s best players since joining from Porto last year, with Ronald de Boer praising the forward as ‘outstanding’ after clinching the Premier League like a duck in water in the previous season.

However, with Liverpool signing Cody Gakpo in January and Diaz’s future now up in the air, a trade deal for Leao could be a great thing from Jurgen Klopp, with the 26-year-old full-back likely looking to move to the San Siro.

While Liverpool’s idea of ​​offering Diaz makes sense, there’s still a good chance Milan will reject the deal, given how valuable a Leao signing is, with a major European powerhouse potentially exceeding the winger’s asking price of 130 million pounds. even. during the summer.


As mentioned earlier, Milan may be betting on securing the full transfer fee for Leao this summer, with the 23-year-old one of the best in the world and a talent who could fetch up to 130m. sterling if a club shows sufficient interest. Otherwise, Liverpool could get away with a swap deal for Diaz.

The Colombia international could be open to a move to Italy following Gakpo’s arrival earlier in the year and with Leao’s ability to play down the entire forward line, the Portugal star could be better suited to rebuilding Klopp than Diaz, despite an Anfield. is preferred.

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