Liverpool Worlds Apart from Man United as Premier League Title Dream Continues

Max Munton@thisisanfieldLiverpool CorrespondentMarch 16, 2014

Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring against Manchester United, during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Liverpool were simply outstanding in the way they conducted themselves to beat Manchester United 3-0 in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The result confirms the change of tides between the two sides and cemented Liverpool’s place in the title race.



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From start to finish, Liverpool were in control of the game—Brendan Rodgers’ decision to play Raheem Sterling in a central role, forming a midfield diamond, meaning Liverpool kept a solid shape that their opponents could not undo.

Steven Gerrard kept his composure to score his first two penalties of the afternoon, whilst Luis Suarez took his goal perfectly, controlling closely after Daniel Sturridge’s mis-hit shot.

It could have been more for Liverpool, too, had it not been for Gerrard missing the third penalty of the afternoon, and Mark Clattenburg being reluctant to give a fourth when Sturridge was brought down by Michael Carrick late on. 

A wonderful save by Simon Mignolet from Wayne Rooney’s shot shortly before half-time was quickly followed up by Martin Skrtel throwing his body bravely in front of the rebound.

It’s heroics like that which could win Liverpool the title.


Mental Fitness

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Liverpool were collected throughout, and whilst the belief that they can go on and win the title this season is instilled in the players, a composed mentality of taking every game as it comes is clearly an important message from Rodgers to his players. 

Their opponents were very poor but take nothing away from Liverpool—going to Old Trafford and pulling off such a convincing victory in a high-pressure environment was always going to be a difficult challenge.

It’s Liverpool’s mental strength that is pulling them to victory after victory—and what could ultimately be what gives them the edge over their title rivals come May.

There is a collectiveness to Liverpool’s play, a fight, determination and wonderful team spirit and makes the team play as a unit, keeping Man United at bay on Sunday.


Next Steps

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Liverpool have shown they have the credentials to win the Premier League this season. It’s theirs if they want it enough.

Now Rodgers and his players must take every game as it comes, starting with next Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City.

Every game is a cup final and crucial to Liverpool’s run in but a sense of calm needs to be maintained as any team is capable to beating another and upsetting the form guide in the Premier League.

Nine games to go. Make us dream.