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Friday, August 07, 2009

Manchester United vs Liverpool EPL 08-09: Preview, Live Score

(This entry was originally published on Friday, March 13th, 2009)

Manchester Untied hosts Liverpool in a high-profile premier league tie on Saturday (14 March 2009) with both sides looking to pick up three points from the match. Manchester United is leading the league table by 7 points with a match in hand, while Liverpool sits third in the league table with 58 points. Liverpool knows that they must win the match away at Old Trafford, if they are to revitalize their already-slim hope of winning the premier league title for the first time in 19 years. Manchester United, on the other hand, can leave make another step towards their third consecutive title in premier league.

Match: Manchester United vs Liverpool; English Premier League 2008-2009

Date: 14 March 2009, Saturday

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England

Kick off: 12:45 GMT

Manchester United is now looking to achieve an unprecedented quintuple, winning five titles in one season. In fact, the Red Devils have already bagged the FIFA Club World Cup and Carling Cup titles. Manchester Untied has already reached FA Cup semi final and Champions League quarter final and holds a seven-point lead at the top of premier league. So, winning five titles does not seem to be a distant realty for the Ferguson boys at this moment. To achieve this feat, winning the home match against Liverpool is very important.

Liverpool started off the season excellently and led the premier league throughout the first half of the season, but lost the momentum since beginning of the New Year. It has been 19 years since Liverpool won their last premier league title. Liverpool has been excellent over the last few years in Europe and they even clinched the Champions League title in 2004-05 season. However, Liverpool’s much-awaited hope for a premier league title remained unattained. So, the Liverpool fans were optimistic of ending their wait for a premier league title when the All Reds got off to a good start this season. Well, they might lost some momentum over the last few months, but Liverpool’s recent 4-0 rout over Spanish champion Real Madrid in the midweek must have helped their players to retain some momentum back before they head into the Manchester United match.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez does not have any injury woe, except Yossi Benayoun who is currently out with hamstring injury. However, he would get the service of Albert Riera, who missed the Champions League match against Real Madrid on suspension, for the Manchester United match. Captain Steven Gerrard showed his sparkling form against Real Madrid in the mid-week and key striker Fernando Torres is expected to be fully fit after his appearance against Rea Madrid with pain-killing injection.

Manchester United defeated Inter Milan 2-0 at home in Champions League and their striking pair Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney in the match. So, Ferguson might play both the striker in the starting line up against Liverpool. However, I think, he might opt to Argentine striker Carlos Tevez who came off the bench as a substitute against Real Madrid. Andersen could also be seen in the starting line up of United against Liverpool. Ronaldo and Rooney are expected to be in the final eleven.

Online Live Score and Updates

Here, I am giving some website names from where you can get the live score and updates of the match between Manchester United and Liverpool:

Live Score

Goalzz

Live Football Scores

Goal.com

Footie Scorez

It is really very difficult to pick up a favorite when Manchester Untied and Liverpool are playing against each other. The Red Devils will have home advantage, but an inspirational performance from Liverpool, like what they did against Real Madrid, might see Untied receiving a shock from Benitez boys. I just hope to see an exciting match between two English giants.

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