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Liverpool’s Arbeloa: Ronaldo’s Absence Doesn’t Make Saturday Any Easier

One of our biggest games of the season will be played out this weekend and already my stomach is doing flips. There aren’t many things that compare with the excitement and sickness that come with the anticipation of a match against Liverpool.

Playing at Anfield has been a bit like playing at Villa Park for United recently, we always seem to get a result there. The last time we were beaten in the league at Anfield was 2001, meaning United fans either have the right to fancy a result, or should face the fear that Liverpool are due a win against us.

However, with our squad looking very strong at the moment, Arbeloa concedes that even without Cristiano Ronaldo, it is going to be a difficult game for Liverpool.

Liverpool’s fullback, Alvaro Arbeloa, who joined the dippers last summer, has nothing but bad memories of his dealings with United. In his first season at the club, we beat them home and away, as well as winning the league and Champions League.

“That was a really bad experience,” he said, reflecting on last season’s meeting at Anfield, when Carlos Tevez got the winner. “I know how much of an important game it is for us and our supporters and we were all really disappointed. It is just as important for me as the supporters. I think this game is worth much more than three points. If we beat Manchester United at home, we will have 10 points and much more confidence, but everyone will also be very, very happy.”

United are still without key man Cristiano Ronaldo for the game, but Arbeloa believes the team’s strength in depth means it will be just as hard to get a result.

“United don’t have Ronaldo, but they still have really good players like Nani, Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney and now Dimitar Berbatov,” he added. “I really don’t know if it will be easier without Ronaldo.”



  1. denton davey says:

    I agree with Arbeloa – too many attacking options for the team with the best defensive record in the EPL.

    Benitez will park his bus in the penalty area and so this will be a good test of seeing if Berbatov really does go some way to providing that “alternative” in attacking a packed box.

    If UTD go ahead early, I can see something of a blow-out occurring although TheSpanishWaiter might decide that he would rather lose nil-one than have his team be embarrassed.

  2. Tom F says:

    Considering most Liverpool supporters would suggest United are a one man team, maybe they should expect a convincing three points for Liverpool on Saturday?

    My stomach hasn’t started doing flips yet, which I do find a little strange. I am getting concerned that I may be over confident that we’ll get the win on Saturday. It seems like a long time ago since we didn’t.

    I think I fancy Fletcher to get a goal tomorrow, though I also think we’ll need at least 2 as I keep having visions of Robbie Keane scoring a goal!!!

    Hopefully not!

    Roll on the weekend!

  3. virgopq says:

    Is L’pool due for a much needed win???. Afterall, it’s been such a long time since they hv managed a win in the League against Man Utd. Or wl Man Utd triumph again as both trend & form suggest???. Hmmn…..???.

    Torres being rush back to fitness to face Man Utd?. Gerrard being named on the bench to shore up confidence?. Perhaps, to come on in the last 30mins as a last ditch to secure victory?. Robbie Keane to prove SAF wrong by scoring a goal, or maybe 2, or perhaps the winning goal???.

    Man Utd isn’t good enough without C.Ronaldo?. Berbatov to spoil the fluidity of Man Utd’s play due to lack of understanding?.

    Verdict : Keep yr eyes wide open for Wayne Rooney!. YEah!, he’ll bang in

  4. Lukenestler says:

    While Ronaldo’s absence doesn’t make it easier for therm, Gerrard and Torres’ absence DOES make it something of a piece of piss for us!

  5. suhayl says:

    gerrard and torres passed fit lukenestler….they’ll do anything to get them outthere.

    Its true to hope its not karma or the way life is…that after soooooooooooo many wins for sooooooooooooo long….that life sods law kicks in…and tmrw god forbid they get a result against us.

    We ve had it soooooooooooooooo good over them for so long..i cannot remember envisage fathom anything else but 3 pooints for us.

    My stomachs been in overdrive for a week now…doing nani cartwheels


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