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Liverpool vs. Manchester United: Reds' Woes Will Continue at Anfield

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15:  Nick Powell of Manchester United celebrates with Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez after scoring the fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on September 15, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 23, 2012

Liverpool has yet to record a victory through four matches this season and that won't change against Manchester United.

Brendan Rodgers' club is in third-to-last place in the Premier League right now, with two draws and two losses (negative-five goal difference). That includes a 1-1 draw to Sunderland last week that saw Liverpool get off 23 shots and possess the ball for 66 percent of the match, yet fail to capitalize on its opportunities.

On top of that, the difference between Liverpool and United is vast this season. The Reds have scored three goals and allowed eight to find the back of the net, while United has scored 10 goals and allowed five.

Only five Premier League clubs have allowed more goals than Liverpool thus far and only two sides have scored fewer goals. It's certainly not a fluke that the Reds have slid far down the league table.

On the contrary, only one team (Fulham) has scored more goals than United this season. United has certainly gotten its money's worth with Robin van Persie, who has four goals already, including a hat trick against Southampton on Sept. 2.

Now, one thing worth noting is that United captain Nemanja Vidic has certainly had his troubles against Liverpool in the past. He's been red carded in his past two matches against the Reds and we all remember his performance against Fernando Torres at Old Trafford in 2009. 

If Luis Suarez can expose Vidic (who is coming off a serious knee injury), it gives Liverpool a semblance of hope.

Nonetheless, even in that case, it would take a lot more for Liverpool to shock United, including keeping Van Persie and Co. at bay in front of a buzzing Anfield crowd.

This has all the makings of a blowout by United. The only thing Liverpool can hope to do is improve.


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