EPL 2016/17 - Manchester United vs Liverpool - 3 key battles

Taha Memon
Modified 14 Jan 2017
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#2 Ander Herrera vs Jordan Henderson

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A battle between two midfield dynamos

While Herrera has been having the season of his life so far under his new manager, Liverpool’s captain looks like a man reformed this year. These two are arguably two of the best central midfielders in the league right now and it will be interesting to see how two in-form players compete with each other on the pitch.

Both Herrera and Henderson are workhorses, covering every blade of grass on the pitch in order to help their team. Although Herrera has come into his own lately, Liverpool look like a completely different side in the absence of their captain, as was evident in their games against Sunderland and Southampton.

Not only did they have problems unlocking the defence, the passing in the middle of the field looked uncertain and the tempo of their game was poor.

The Englishman is nearly certain to make his return post injury (which he suffered against Manchester City a couple of weeks back), and it will be Herrera’s job to see that the former does not have the space to pick a pass and control the game.

Henderson runs like the wind when fit, and only the Spaniard is capable of tracking him and ensuring his team some safety from the rejuvenated Liverpool captain.

Published 14 Jan 2017
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