How would you define the rivalry between the fans of Manchester United and Liverpool

By February 07, 2019
Leighton Levy

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  • Milner hoping for third time lucky at Barcelona Milner hoping for third time lucky at Barcelona

    James Milner believes Liverpool can cause problems for Champions League favourites Barcelona despite his own forgettable experiences at Camp Nou. 

    Milner was part of Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City teams that bowed out at the first knockout stage in 2014 and 2015. 

    The Reds will face Lionel Messi and his illustrious team-mates at a deeper stage of the competition, having swatted aside Porto to reach the semi-finals, and the 33-year-old believes their playing style under Jurgen Klopp can pose tough questions of any opponent.

    "We can beat Barca but we know it will very tough," Milner told reporters. "I've been there a couple of times in the knockout stages with City and not got the right result, so hopefully it is third time lucky for me. 

    "They are a strong team and it is a tough place to go but I don't think they will have played too many teams with the style we play either. It will be difficult.  

    "They are a team full of great individual talent and a great side too. The Camp Nou is a fantastic stadium and a fantastic place to play with a great atmosphere. It will be very tough and we will have to be at our best but tough for them too.

    "Over the last couple of seasons, with the teams we have beaten in the Champions League, we should go there with confidence no matter how tough it is going to be.  

    "I'm sure you can see in this year's run and in games when things haven't been going well that we have got the experience. We have been there before and know how to get results." 

    Attentions return to the Premier League, with Liverpool travelling to relegation-threatened Cardiff City on Sunday after City take on a Tottenham side that dramatically eliminated them from Europe in midweek. 

    Both teams have set a relentless pace at the top of the table and Milner believes Liverpool must win all their remaining games – and reach a points haul of 97 – to become champions. 

    "That is what we will have to do. That is what we will try to do," he added, with City's game in hand meaning last season's centurions can still go on to 98 this time around. 

    "There are a lot of tough games coming up and it won't be easy. We are used to a game every three days and when the pressure is on towards the end of the season it maybe takes a bit more out of you.  

    "But the team has been fantastic in terms of how we have dealt with it all."

  • Liverpool to match Barcelona's ticket prices and subsidise supporters Liverpool to match Barcelona's ticket prices and subsidise supporters

    Liverpool have decided to reciprocate Barcelona's decision to charge away fans €119 (£103) for their Champions League semi-final tie and will use the extra funds to subsidise travelling supporters.

    Barcelona confirmed tickets for away fans at Camp Nou will continued to be priced at €119 after doing so throughout the competition this season, with Liverpool visiting on May 1.

    However, as a result, Barca fans will be charged the same amount by Liverpool when they travel to Anfield for the second leg six days later.

    In doing so, Liverpool will use the additional funds brought in from increasing the cost of Barca's tickets to bring down the price for their travelling support.

    As such, Liverpool will charge their fans €88 (£76) for the trip to Camp Nou.

    Manchester United did similar during the quarter-finals.

  • Manchester United face 'really tough' trip to Everton, warns Silva Manchester United face 'really tough' trip to Everton, warns Silva

    Everton manager Marco Silva has warned an out-of-sorts Manchester United they can expect another tough assignment at Goodison Park this weekend.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have lost their last four away matches in all competitions, the latest resulting in their Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona on Tuesday.

    The Toffees, meanwhile, have claimed back-to-back high-profile wins at Goodison Park against Chelsea and Arsenal at home and Silva is targeting three more points against another of the Premier League's big guns.

    "If we are on our best level, it will be tough for them," he said at his pre-match press conference.

    "If we can reach the same level we have played in the last three home games, it will be really tough for them."

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    — Everton (@Everton) April 18, 2019

     

    United claimed a 2-1 victory over Everton at Old Trafford earlier in the season but Silva believes the Red Devils are a different proposition since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December.

    "Different coaches... different formations... they are changing many times their formation," he explained.

    "When we played against them at Old Trafford, in that moment we were in a very good moment.

    "It’s a different moment of the season but I’m 100 per cent sure it will be tough for us and them.

    "They can play with six, seven different players in the attack line, all with high quality.

    "Strong midfielders also. It’s up to us to do our best and try to win the game."

    Silva also backed Andre Gomes, on loan from Barcelona, to come back stronger after his three-match ban for stamping on Aleksandar Mitrovic during last weekend's defeat to Fulham.

    "We know Andre," he added.

    "He is an honest and fair football player and he enjoys what he is doing here.

    "In that moment, he didn't show that. Of course we will miss him. He's a very, very good player and is helping us.

    "He was in a good moment also. But it will be a good opportunity for another to come and show his quality.

    "It was not the first time for us with some injuries, even if this season we didn't have big, big injuries in our squad."

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