John Arne Riise firmly insists Thiago Alcantara MUST end up being Liverpool’s primary male versus Manchester United on Sunday … emulating the role Bruno Fernandes bets the Red Devils.
Previous Reds protector Riise, who included in numerous derbies versus United between 2001 and 2008, thinks Thiago will be able to open up the Red Devils’ defence.
The Spaniard has made just five looks given that signing up with Liverpool from Bayern Munich last summertime due to a knee injury.
Nevertheless, with midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho likely to line up in defence, Thiago could be handed his third Liverpool start when they host United on Sunday.
And he’ll be intending to replicate the spectacular impact Bruno Fernandes has had in English football given that rocking up at Old Trafford this time in 2015.
Riise told Ladbrokes: “The objectives have dried up in the last couple of games, but I think the return of Thiago Alcantara is going to put an end to that. He’s such an essential player to this Liverpool side.
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” His passes can open defences and he’ll keep things ticking over in the middle of the park, creating opportunities for his colleagues. He’s the primary gamer the group requires back.
” If he uses Sunday, he’ll be the one who opens Guy United’s defence.
” For United, Fernandes is going to be their primary guy on Sunday– and Thiago is the guy for Liverpool.”
talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein firmly insists Liverpool fans must fidget right now with United on an 11- match unbeaten league run.
He said on the Sports Bar: “There must be Liverpool fans a little nervous now, I don’t believe any Liverpool fan who comes on this show and states they’re not.
” And I’ll inform you why, because they’re not 3 points off United now, and if [Man] City win their two games in hand– and they will, because City look wonderful– they’ll be 2 points behind City.
” So effectively Liverpool, the champs, are now 3rd in the Premier League, that’s how I see it.
” Liverpool fans need to be stressed since United will now go to that video game with no pressure whatsoever, with an unbelievable away record in the league and will quite happily sit, park the bus and take a point.”