Throughout the world, every league has its rivalries. Barcelona v Real Madrid, Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund, River Plate v Boca Juniors, Rangers v Celtic and more. In England we have many rivalries, but this week we see one of the biggest.
Football Faithful spoke with Anfield HQ and Old Trafford Faithful this week as they prepared for this weekends grudge match between their clubs, Liverpool and Manchester United. Here’s what they had to say;
The Interview – Part 1
Football Faithful: Hey guys, I’m Ben from Football Faitful, welcome to our very first inter blog interview. Could you introduce yourselves and your blogs?
Anfield HQ: Cheers for having us mate, I’m Oli Bond and I run the Multi-Award Winning Liverpool Blog Anfield HQ.
Old Trafford Faithful: Thanks for having us, I’m Jordan Street and run one of Manchester United’s most popular blogs, Old Trafford Faithful.
Football Faithful: Thanks guys, so we are here because on Sunday, it’s Liverpool v United. Do you guys think this is the most anticipated game of the year, or is it the Merseyside/Manchester derbies, and why?
Anfield HQ: It’s always one of the first games you look for when the fixture list comes out, and whether it’s at Old Trafford or Anfield it’s always a feisty one. I was at Old Trafford back in September and it was gruesome to witness. We are due a win over United so hopefully Jurgen Klopp’s first taste of this derby game ends in success.
Old Trafford Faithful: For me, the rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool will always be #1, I was brought up with those two in a fierce battle throughout my teen years, and City weren’t even in the Premier League at that point.
Football Faithful: Excellent, so what are your best memories of fixtures gone by?
Anfield HQ: The 4-1 in 2009 – a humiliation in their own backyard….nothing comes close for me.
Old Trafford Faithful: The most enjoyable game I’ve seen in recent years was the 3-0 victory at Old Trafford back in 2008. As a club, Manchester United were at the peak of their powers with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney leading the line. The day was topped off when Javier Mascherano saw red for mouthing off!
Football Faithful: Hahaha, great stuff, so what was the worst memory?
Anfield HQ: Last season for me….we were on such a roll and expectations were so high around Anfield….we had this exciting 3-5-2 system in place which we were blitzing teams away with, and then United came to Anfield and had to be the team to figure it out!
Old Trafford Faithful: The 4-1 defeat at home was pretty bad, as was the Dirk Kuyt hat-trick a few years ago. We were awful to say the least.
Football Faithful: Thanks guys, it sure is a fixture that has produced plenty of memories over the years. Well both clubs have trophy laden histories, but fortunes have taken a turn for the worse in recent years, what do you think your clubs need to do to get back to where you both belong?
Anfield HQ: Replace our best players for start, Liverpool have failed time and time again to replace with quality over the years, and our recruitment strategies have been so poor at times, with too many bang average players coming through the doors for high prices. This stretches back t the days when we lost Xabi Alonso and replaced him with Alberto Aquilani. Suarez for Lambert e.t.c…Liverpool just have not had good enough players for where they want to be in recent years, and when we have had them we have sold them and failed to properly replace them.
Old Trafford Faithful: Its tough with United at the moment, and it sounds harsh, but Louis van Gaal has to go. He has had plenty of time to turn it around but United are playing worse football now than we did when he took over. A few new players wouldn’t go a miss either.
Football Faithful: Interesting stuff, well Jordan seems to have answered my next question already, so Oli, how do you think Jurgen Klopp is getting on in his early days?
Anfield HQ: I think it’s been as interesting as he imagined it would be…..I think some things will have surprised him such as the Anfield atmosphere, the winter schedules etc plus he hasn’t been helped by the amount of injuries we have suffered. But I think it’s been a good last few months for the club, the standout results are the ones at Chelsea, City and Southampton….but wins of Leicester at Anfield have proved just as crucial, we are not that from from the top four, in the semi final of the capital one cup, still in the hat for the 4th round of the FA Cup and sit in the last 32 for the Europa League, so I think fans are happy with where we are right now considering how much change has taken place already this season.
Football Faithful: Yeah, I think he will do well for you.
Well that concludes Part One of our Interview between Anfield HQ and Old Trafford Faithful. Join us tomorrow for our second and final part where we discuss Sunday’s game in more details. In the mean time, feel free to visit Oli and Jordan over at Anfield HQ and Old Trafford Faithful.