THE onus is on Jurgen Klopp tomorrow in what I believe is a must-win game for Liverpool.
It was unthinkable that Manchester United would finish in the top four after they were beaten 3-1 at Anfield in December.
PA:Press Association6 Liverpool need the points more than Manchester United as they chase a maiden Premier League title
PA:Press Association6 Jurgen Klopp has to get his tactics right or his side could be dispatched by United tomorrow afternoon
They were 11 points off when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over but are now in pole position to clinch a Champions League spot.
Yet title-chasing Liverpool need the points more than United at this stage. So I envisage Solskjaer conceding possession and hitting them on the counter — just like he has set up in masterminding some great wins on the road.
Being at home it would be easy to suggest United get on the front foot and take the game to Liverpool.
But they are more than capable of lining up to great effect at Old Trafford as if they were away.
News Group Newspapers Ltd6 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be able to set his team up to defend at Old Trafford tomorrow
Solskjaer has been praised for bringing back the cavalier, free-flowing football that was the norm when he was a player at the club.
But if you look at United’s best results under him, they have all come away from home without much of the ball.
They beat Tottenham on the road with 39 per cent possession, Arsenal with 37 per cent and Chelsea in the FA Cup with just 33 per cent.
In Jose Mourinho’s last game with United at Anfield they had 36 per cent — but the difference is how they are going about it.
Alamy Live News6 United had just 33 per cent of the possession when they beat Chelsea on Monday night
AP:Associated Press6 Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice when the teams met in December – it proved to be Jose Mourinho's final game in charge
At Liverpool in December, as in many other games under Mourinho, they defended really deep.
That is fine in theory but it meant that their striker, usually Romelu Lukaku, ended up isolated and having to deal with three or four defenders on his own.
They are still sitting deep under Solskjaer but the units are not miles away from each other.
Setting up in a 4-5-1 without the ball, the whole team drops together as a defence, midfield and attack, making sure they do not become detached.
And with the pace they have — though Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are likely to be missing tomorrow — they are able to spring devastating counters with runners getting up in support.
With this tactic having worked so well to date, I cannot see why Solskjaer would set up any differently.
EPA6 The Red Devils will be without attacking pair Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial for the crunch clash