Tuesday 15 October 2019

The next five fixtures that will shape Liverpool's season - starting with Manchester United

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool face Manchester United on Sunday
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool face Manchester United on Sunday

Harry Clarke

Nothing is won in February but the next few weeks will certainly tell a lot about Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

The Reds were held to a scoreless draw against Bayern Munich in Anfield last night in the first leg of the Champions League last 16.

Klopp's men will be boosted by the clean sheet in the absence of talisman Virgil van Dijk with Andy Roberston suggesting after the Anfield stalemate that the pressure is now on Bayern.

"Going over there is a new challenge but there's probably a bit more pressure on them than us because they are at home and their fans will start demanding things," said the full back.

"We can try to play our game, try to create the chances we need and try to get goals and if that happens then it puts us in the driving seat."

But Liverpool's Champions League aspirations will be well and truly parked for now with arch rivals Manchester United next up in Old Trafford this Sunday.

That match kicks off a crucial run of five games for the Reds with Watford (h), Everton (a) and Burnley (h) to follow in the Premier League before the return leg in Munich.

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That run of three fixtures will be seen as an opportunity to pick up nine points so victory over United on Sunday will set Klopp's men up nicely.

"Another huge game. I think it will be a bit of a different game than when we faced them last time.," said Robertson about Manchester United.

"Obviously there was a lot going on at the club at that time and it ended up being their manager's last game.

"But under this new manager they have picked up and are a very different team, especially at home, and it will be a tough task.

"We need to bring our A game and if we can do that then hopefully it will be enough to win."

Liverpool's next five fixtures

Man Utd (a) - Feb 24

Watford (h) - Feb 27

Everton (a) - Mar 3

Burnley (h) - Mar 10

B Munich (a) - Mar 13

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