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MANCH­ESTER United have scored 21 goals in their open­ing seven Premier League games, but for­mer Liver­pool great Kenny Dal­glish be­lieves they will take a more de­fen­sive ap­proach at An­field to­mor­row.

United are sec­ond in the Premier League be­hind Manch­ester City on goal dif­fer­ence, while Liver­pool sit sev­enth after a mixed start to the sea­son.

De­spite leak­ing 12 goals, Juer­gen Klopp’s Liver­pool have shown plenty of at­tack­ing flair and Dal­glish feels United’s de­fence will ex­er­cise cau­tion.

“You would al­ways ex­pect Liver­pool vs Manch­ester United to be a tight game,” Dal­glish told the Liver­pool Echo.

“Last year, when United came to Liver­pool, Jose Mour­inho parked the bus. But it wasn’t just the one bus, I think it was a cou­ple of dou­ble deck­ers he put there,” he added.

“That’s not to give him stick in any way, it was very dif­fi­cult for Liver­pool, and (Zla­tan) Ibrahi­movic nearly got a late win­ner.

“United will come and set up quite de­fen­sively, but they have fan­tas­tic front­men in Mar­cus Rash­ford, Romelu Lukaku and An­thony Mar­tial.

“Jose will try to make sure the pres­sure is on Liver­pool, but the pres­sure is on ev­ery­one when it comes to a game like that,” Dal­glish said.

He praised Liver­pool’s new sign­ing, Mo­hamed Salah, for his early im­pact. The Egyp­tian striker has scored four goals and formed a good un­der­stand­ing with his fel­low for­wards.

“Mo Salah has been the most ex­cit­ing sign­ing of the sum­mer for Liver­pool. He’s come in after a fan­tas­tic sea­son last year with Roma,” he said.

“He’s really quick, he takes it up to peo­ple and they start to panic. He can go in­side or out, but he ob­vi­ously prefers it on his left foot.

“At the mo­ment United are play­ing very well and Liver­pool haven’t had the breaks. But their luck is bound to change at some time or other, and hope­fully it will be this week.” – Reuters


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