The name Kenny Dalglish is up on the side of Anfield. The Kenny Dalglish Stand will be unveiled on Saturday when Manchester United come to town. The big game. The rivalry. The angst. The attraction. Liverpool will hope to turn their bad luck around this weekend with a convincing win against United at home. But the man of the hour himself is expecting a tough affair for the Reds. Kenny is sure Liverpool are destined to come up against a heavily fortified Mad Max battle bus courtesy of Jose Mourinho.
“Last year when United came to Liverpool, Jose Mourinho parked the bus,” Kenny said.
“But it wasn’t just the one bus, I think it was a couple of double deckers he put there.
“That’s not to give him stick in any way, it was very difficult for Liverpool and Ibrahimovic nearly got a late winner.”
“I think United will come and set up quite defensively, but at the same time they have fantastic frontmen in Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.
“I think Jose will try to make sure the pressure is on Liverpool, but the pressure is on everyone when it comes to a game like that.”
There will certainly be pressure put on Liverpool’s defense. Of course, it’s got to be Joël Matip and Dejan Lovren in the center together. It’s the best partnership the squad has, without getting too “into it.” And more than likely we’ll see them flanked by Alberto Moreno on the left and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right. No problem there. At least not any problem with a solution in the short term.
But despite the defensive issues that Liverpool are experiencing right now, Kenny has all the confidence in the world that Jürgen Klopp is the business and the right man to lead the club.
“I think he’s a perfect fit for the club,” said the King.
“I think he can relate brilliantly to the fans and the fans can relate to him. I think we’re moving forwards and upwards since he’s come in.
“He may be criticised for the goals he concedes but his philosophy has always been to score more goals than the opposition so I think that’s what the fans want to see.
“Between now and May I think there will be a lot more smiles than there will be disappointments.”
Not everyone will share this opinion. But when you’re the King you can pretty much say whatever you want. Liverpool do have a decent-to-solid starting eleven when all eleven are fit. What Kenny may be glossing over is the fact that injuries have hamstrung this team since preseason and it’s looking like a long drive until January to maybe, possibly, who knows, find some stars/reinforcements to fuel the second leg of the great adventure.
Kenny predicts a close match for Liverpool, with both teams getting on the score sheet. Obviously.
“For me, it could be Coutinho who scores first,” Kenny added. “He can score from open play or from a set-play with his free-kicks.
“I’ll go 2-1 for Liverpool. But maybe I’m making a judgement call with my heart and not my head.
“At the moment United are playing very well and Liverpool haven’t had the breaks. But their luck is bound to change at some time or other and hopefully it will be this week.”