Barnes backs Liverpool for victory over Manchester United

Liverpool have the responsibility of trying to end Manchester United’s unbeaten run when they welcome their arch rivals to Anfield on Saturday lunchtime.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have only suffered defeat once in the Premier League so far, but in their last seven outings in all competitions, the Reds have picked up a single victory.

Defensive frailties have once again been exposed, and with the attacking talent of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford available to United boss Jose Mourinho, Liverpool could encounter some problems at the weekend.

However, John Barnes, who played for the Merseyside outfit between 1987 and 1997, believes that the team’s record against the so-called top six will pull them through.

Liverpool were unbeaten against Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and United last season – winning five and drawing five.

In this campaign, the Reds were hammered 5-0 by City, but Barnes still feels that Klopp’s tactics will cause the end of United’s unbeaten 10-game run.

Barnes told talkSPORT:

“Why I think Liverpool will win this is because of what Liverpool have demonstrated against all of the top five teams, apart from Manchester City when they went down to ten men and lost 5-0.

“They have had the upper hand against all of the top five teams because of the nature of the way those games are played. They are very open, they are very attack-minded – whereby one team attacks and leaves the defence to defend for themselves.

“If they go all-out attack against Liverpool, which they are under pressure do because they are Man United and they are top of the league, then I think Liverpool will win.”