Pundit: Why Liverpool have to be ‘concerned’ with Man Utd
Liverpool have to be “concerned” by Manchester United’s recent form after the Reds were held to a goalless draw against Newcastle United on Wednesday night.
The Reds have now won only two of their eight league away games this season, although it took a late goal-line clearance from Fabian Schar and Karl Darlow’s brilliance to keep them at bay at St James’ Park.
The draw against the Magpies was the second time Liverpool have dropped points in three days after West Brom scored a late equaliser at Anfield to secure a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
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Liverpool would have gone five points clear of second-placed Manchester United with victory on Tyneside, but headed back to Merseyside knowing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will be level if they beat Aston Villa on New Year’s Day.
United are on a nine-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, winning seven of those matches, with the latest victory coming in the form of a 1-0 win over Wolves on Tuesday.
Nicol told ESPN FC: “You look at Liverpool’s result and Man Utd’s result, the performance from one team that dominated the game, should have won very, very comfortably but yet end up with one point and then you’ve got a team in United coming up on the rails who pretty much didn’t deserve anything.
“There’s no way they deserve to win this game [against Wolves] but they end up winning and getting three points. So that has to be a concern.
“At the end of the day, Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp will be looking at themselves, try not to look elsewhere, and just get the job done. But you have to be concerned with United because regardless of how they play right now, they’re getting victories.”