There is a new edition to the Premier League this year, thanks to LVG, "the rat race" that sees a group of clubs fighting for a spot in the top four to earn a place with the rest of elite clubs in Europe next season in the UEFA Champions League.
The next episode of the this rat race is being held at Anfield where Liverpool and Manchester United will clash for the second time this season. With both sides finding peak form at the right time. It is being tipped as one of the biggest games left this season.
Rodgers and his Liverpool side have been awesome since Christmas picking up enough points to see them climb above this seasons surprise package Southampton and now chasing Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City. Liver pools new look formation is starting to click that their last 6 away games they have picked up 6 clean sheets. They are looking like a real threat going forward also with Sterling and Coutinho looking dangerous and Jordan Henderson finding form to strengthen the midfield. The 3-4-3 formation is dynamic and suits a lot of the Liverpool players. The 3 at the back seems to be shaky at times with Sakho, Can, Toure or Skyrtl given the license to play out from the back which can look untidy at times. But, there has been a lot of improvement since the festive season.
On the other hand, Manchester United displayed a fantastic performance against Spurs, which critics labelled as the best United performance so far this season. Wayne atop eh supplied the knockout punch before half-time with some outstanding determination and finishing (the celebration was even better). Fellaini was also class, expressing the abilities he has and why David Moyes brought him to United. Similarly to Liverpool, United have started to look impressive as Louis Van Gaal is still searching for his best XI in the most suitable formation. But, this game carries more than a fight for the top four, United vs.Liverpool is one the biggest rivalries in football going back decades. Liverpool were the kings of England and Europe for a brief period until a certain Sir Alex Ferguson arrived at Old Trafford with high ambitions in sight swinging the momentum as United was raised to glory. Since the departure of the Scot, things have levelled off with Liverpool coming so close to their first Premier League title and United failing to make the top four as Moyes was shown the door.
So this game could be the difference to the Champions League famous time being played out at Anfield or Old Trafford next season.
This could be one of LVG's biggest and most difficult hurdle in this seasons race for the top four