101 chances created: Liverpool have the “weapons” to hurt Manchester United, says Fowler
Arguably the biggest fixture in English football takes place on Saturday afternoon as the Merseyside outfit welcome the Red Devils to Anfield in the hope of halting a run of form which has seen them win once in seven games across all competitions.
As a result, United – who sit joint-top of the Premier League table – are likely to start the game as slight favourites.
However, Fowler believes his former club’s ability to raise their game against the better sides in the division could see them deliver the right performance and claim maximum points against their bitter rivals.
“The match is probably more important for Liverpool given the situation both clubs are in and the onus will be on them because Jose Mourinho’s plan will be to be compact and United don’t have to force things with the results they’ve had,” Fowler told Goal.
“Liverpool tend to play at an improved level against their rivals under Klopp and at Anfield they are more than a match for any side, which they’ve proved on several occasions.
“Defensively, of course, Liverpool can be stronger as there’s plenty of room for improvement.
“Going forward, the finishing hasn’t been what the club would’ve liked, but I’d be way more concerned if they weren’t creating chances because that tells me a lot more.
“Eventually – and hopefully it is on Saturday – it will click for Liverpool and they will be converting more.
“It will definitely turn and a few goals will be struck against an opponent because there’s definitely the players capable of doing that and the qualities of pace, guile and intelligence.
“Liverpool will have to take the initiative given the way Mourinho will set up and they certainly have the weapons to hurt United.”
Liverpool’s recent issues in front of goal
Since beating Arsenal 4-0 at the end of August, the Reds have struggled to find consistency in front of goal and that’s resulted in a drop off in form and go into Saturday’s game without the injured Sadio Mane.
Liverpool in the Premier League since beating Arsenal:
20 shots on target
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In fact, since that victory over the Gunners, Jurgen Klopp’s side have had a total of 82 shots in the top flight of English football, 20 of which have been on target and only five have been converted into goals – three of which in one game vs Leicester City.