Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils currently lead the Premier League along iwth Manchester City, who have a better goal difference than Jose Mourinho’s side.
But last season things were different, as the Reds secured a place in the Champions League qualifying from the fourth place, while United won a chance to represent themselves in Europe’s mos prestigious competition only after winning the Europa League, as they had finished the season sixth in the league.
Summer spendings were very important for both sides, as it was evident they needed huge spendings to compete for silverware.
And Jamie Carragher, writing for the Telegraph, has revealed the reason why United are ahead of Liverpool this season.
“Last summer Liverpool and United were in a similar position; preparing for the Champions League, knowing to go up a level and be serious title contenders they had to make the right signings,” Carragher wrote.
“United, in sixth, acted. Liverpool, in fourth, did not. This is a trend. It is typical of what happened when Brendan Rodgers and (under previous owners) Rafa Benítez and Gérard Houllier had their best sides. Houllier, Benítez and Rodgers were in a position where they needed one more step to give good teams an even better chance of winning the title. They could not do it. My fear is Klopp will be looking back at the summer as his opportunity spurned.
“Instead, Jose Mourinho goes to Anfield on Saturday as a genuine challenger and Liverpool’s lingering flaws remain glaringly obvious,” Carragher continued.
“Liverpool conceded too many goals so wanted Virgil Van Dijk. They put themselves into a position where he was ready to join but messed up. Instead of lining up alternatives they spent the summer hoping Southampton would change their mind.
“It was Van Dijk or no one, which led to the season starting with Liverpool continuing to concede soft goals, failing to win games they dominate, dropping points to teams in the bottom half.” //Actuantes//