Michael Owen has predicted Liverpool to beat Leeds United 2-1 in a tight clash at Elland Road on Monday night.
Former Reds hero Owen acknowledges the belief flowing through the Whites after last week’s shock win over Manchester City but doesn’t think that will be enough to at least avoid defeat against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Writing in his BetVictor column, he said: “Matchday one seems long ago now, however, it sure did set the tone for Leeds’ season when they went down fighting in a 4-3 win for Liverpool.
“Fresh from victory at the Etihad, belief will be sky-high within the Elland Road ranks. One positive for them is that Liverpool have played midweek in Europe, as that definitely worked in their favour in their victory at City.
“That said, there has been a bit of an improvement in Liverpool’s recent performances, especially on the road domestically.
“With that in mind, I’m siding with the Reds’ to carve out a narrow victory.”
Who’d have thought it…
Imagine someone told us last year that we would be in the Premier League with seven games to go, just seven points behind Liverpool.
We’d have laughed them off and brushed it aside.
But that’s now the reality, and we can go four points behind last season’s runaway winners with victory on Monday.
That’s partly down to their decline this season, but it’s also a testament to our sensational progress under Marcelo Bielsa and how he has transformed this side from Championship also-rans into a stable Premier League outfit, all within the space of less than three years.
There’s now a chance we can raid the top six or seven for an unlikely European spot and that would be some achievement. Enough to get Bielsa manager of the year we reckon, ahead of David Moyes at West Ham.
With Liverpool coming off the back of a crushing European exit in midweek there is the chance to pile more misery on them, though we have to be wary of the wounded animal.
Regardless of the result, it’s sure to be a spectacle to enjoy and we’ll watch it with the pressure well and truly off of us.
That’s been a rarity in recent years, let’s enjoy it while it lasts.
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