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Dalglish makes bold Liverpool v Man Utd prediction

Dalglish has tipped Liverpool to leapfrog Man United on Sunday. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish believes the Reds will beat Man United on Sunday and keep a clean sheet.

Speaking to the Mirror, Dalglish accepted today's match may not prove conclusive in the top four race, but did suggest whoever wins it can benefit from a huge psychological advantage.

Liverpool are really organised defensively and if Manchester United don't get hold of whoever plays off Daniel Sturridge - Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling or Adam Lallana - at Anfield on Sunday, they will have a hard game in front of them.

That is why I'm predicting a Liverpool win - and I don't think United will score either.

Sunday's result won't be conclusive in terms of who finishes in the top four. But the psychology of winning could be a big factor, though.

– Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish speaking to the Mirror

Liverpool midfielder praised by Brazil legend Pele

Pele has been impressed by compatriot Philippe Coutinho and is looking forward to seeing the Liverpool man in action against Manchester United.

Coutinho has been phenomenal for Liverpool this term. Credit: Reuters

The talented 22-year-old was seen as a bit of a gamble when the Reds forked out £8.5million to bring him over from Inter Milan.

That deal now looks like a bargain, though, as Coutinho has been one of the stars of the Premier League season.

Such form has seen the midfielder work his way back into the Brazil set-up and led to praise from Pele, who will be at Liverpool's derby encounter with United on Sunday.

Oh yes (I like Coutinho) - no doubt, no doubt. He is an excellent player and intelligent, but we have a lot of individuals in Brazil. Unfortunately we cannot play with all the players we have.

– Brazilian legend Pele speaking to Press Association


Liverpool boss full of praise for Man United rival

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has experienced the harsh realities of his philosophies being called into question but unlike some critics he has no doubt about the credentials of Louis van Gaal to get things right at Manchester United.

Rodgers and Van Gaal come face-to-face on Sunday. Credit: PA

After taking 33 points from a possible 39, Liverpool they are just two points behind United, who occupy the final Champions League spot.

United, by contrast, are still failing to impress in Van Gaal's first season in charge despite their league position with many questioning whether he actually knows what his best side is.

But Rodgers believes that should not reflect badly on the Dutchman.

I don't think there is any convincing (required). He has shown over his career that he is a top-class manager.

He will have seen, coming into this country for the first time, the challenges of this football - it is why it is the most competitive league in the world. The Premier League is different from the leagues he will have worked in before but I don't think you can argue with his credentials.

There is no question about the philosophies he has put in place at Ajax or Barcelona or his achievements and when he leaves Manchester United he will still be one of the great managers.

– Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Reports: Guardiola scouts Liverpool winger Sterling

Could Sterling be heading the the Bundesliga? Credit: PA

German giants Bayern Munich have been scouting Raheem Sterling and identified him as a summer target, according to leading Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Sky Italia reporter claims that Pep Guardiola is convinced by Sterling's ability and confident he can develop into one of world football's finest players under his stewardship at the Allianz Arena.

Brendan Rodgers confirmed on Friday that Sterling and his representatives have refused to discuss extending his Liverpool contract until the summer.

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