Liverpool patrons in the Transfer Tavern are up in arms, after club legend Graeme Souness compared the Reds to none other than bitter enemies Manchester United.
To say there’s no love lost between the two northwest giants would be an understatement. Indeed, no player has moved directly between the clubs in over half a century (Phil Chisnall was the last way back in 1964) and their derby is still seen by many in the Tavern as the biggest fixture on the Premier League calendar.
Neither club are enjoying fantastic seasons. Manchester United have shown huge progress under Jose Mourinho but have been well short in the Premier League title race, whereas Liverpool looked set to challenge Chelsea all the way but suffered a disastrous downturn in form after the turn of 2017.
Results against those at the less flattering end of the table has proved to be Liverpool’s ultimate weakness. Whilst they’re undefeated against top six opposition, they’ve lost to Swansea and Hull City already this term and were held to a draw by rock-bottom Sunderland in January.
Accordingly, Souness has made comparisons with the Manchester United side he faced during the late 1970s to mid-1980s, when they regularly finished in the top four but continually missed out on the title.
In his column for The Times, the former midfielder explains; “Liverpool supporters will be mystified by their team. They play well against the big guys and slip up against the lesser lights. When I played for Liverpool, Manchester United were like Liverpool are now. Against the big clubs, they would turn up, but they would suffer daft defeats and draws against the also-rans.
“If you are going to win this league, that’s something you have to get right. We were constantly reminded of that at Liverpool when we were either European champions or defending league champions. They would say to us, “This might not be the biggest game of your season, but it is for the guy across the corridor.”
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