Lawro reckons David Moyes could be in for a rude awakening
Liverpool FC have nothing to fear from Manchester United this weekend.
I was at Old Trafford on Monday to watch United play out an extremely eventless goalless draw against Chelsea.
Simply, I cannot remember the last time I’ve been to a game where absolutely nothing of any note happened – no controversy, no great saves, no great chances. Nothing.
Chelsea were set up to pinch a point, and they did a great job in sitting in and not exactly pushing for the victory.
It seemed United weren’t too unhappy at claiming a point either. As a first home game for a new manager, David Moyes will have regarded the result as a stepping stone.
But United didn’t really threaten. Under Sir Alex Ferguson, United generally played with a lot of width but it’s clear Moyes wants the team to be more narrow and compact.
Liverpool will have looked at that and be wondering whether United will repeat the tactic at Anfield on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers’ side didn’t have a great record against top-six clubs last season, but having won their opening two games this could be an early chance to put down a real marker.
United, though, can always conjure something up and I doubt Robin van Persie will be as quiet as he was on Monday evening.
I wouldn’t say United are vulnerable but they are a work in progress under a new manager, and this might be a good time for Liverpool to play them.
Liverpool’s encouraging start means they at least aren’t playing catch-up from the off as they were last season.
Winning breeds confidence, and it could help them in the transfer market with only days to go until the deadline.
If any player is umming and aahing over whether to move to Anfield then he may be convinced by good early season results.
There is now expectation among supporters rather than trepidation, and all this without Luis Suarez.
Rodgers’ assertion that Daniel Sturridge is like a Brazilian striker immediately made me hope it isn’t Jo he is being compared to!
Sturridge, though, could do without such comments. We are only two games into the season and he doesn’t need such pressure, despite proving the matchwinner on both occasions.
I know Rodgers is just being complimentary, but to say he can become the best English striker is perhaps not helping him. Sturridge just needs to keep doing what he is doing, and let’s revisit things in three months.
When he first arrived, there was a fear he had a tendency to drift in and out of games, but that was probably through a lack of experience.
The forward has certainly matured over the last 12 months and that can only be a good thing.
Sturridge is a fine player with a real eye for goal, and the fact is nobody has been talking about Suarez being missed during the last fortnight because of the England man’s endeavours.
To win your opening two games 1-0 is not a bad way to start. For fitness alone it has been worthwhile, because while Liverpool weren’t exactly hanging on against Aston Villa last weekend, they had to work hard and that makes them fitter quicker.
And who knows, maybe the difference for Liverpool this season is turning goalless draws into 1-0 victories.
There is talk Rodgers could move for Chelsea’s Victor Moses on loan, and I think that would be a good deal.
Moses can change games, and if he comes on loan that would represent good business.