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Talking tactics Jamie Carragher on how Liverpool can stop Bruno Fernandes at Anfield

Jamie Carragher predicts his top four ahead of the biggest game of the season

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Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United star man Bruno Fernandes will struggle to work their magic against Liverpool, if Jurgen Klopp's men are at their best in Sunday's top of the table clash at Anfield.

Fernandes has been United's star man since he arrived from Sporting Lisbon last January, with Carragher a big admirer of a player who has claimed four Premier League Player of the Month awards in the last year.

Yet he does not believe Fernandes will be allowed to shine against a Liverpool side fighting to ensure they don't fall six points behind United when the top two clash at Anfield on Sunday.

"Liverpool play really high, especially at Anfield and they almost crush the opposition, they leave no space for them to play," he told sundayworld.com at a Sky Sports event.

"I think it is that teams who really want to play from the back and really build attacks from the back, Liverpool just go with their centre backs on the halfway line and it's very difficult for the opposition to play.

"Across European football, I think all of the high pressing teams have dropped off slightly, for whatever reason, but I think in the real big games when teams try to take them on and play football against Liverpool they have found it really tough.

"I think that's going to be the case if Man United do, as they normally do, play out from the back. All the top teams that have tried it this season have found it really difficult against Liverpool, getting out of their own half. I think if you can really compress Manchester United in their own half, you will limit the space for Fernandes.

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"That said, he will get space, he will get time as the game opens up, of course he will. But I don't think anybody will be designated a role as such to stop Fernandes. I think it will be a case of being as compact as possible and as aggressive as possible.

"I have been fulsome in my praise of Fernandes but another thing about United, which has probably been a bit strange this season considering they're at the top is that their results haven't been great in the bigger games.

"I don't think Fernandes has been at his best in the bigger games. Maybe that's because the team don't play well. it could be one or the other. But I watched the Man City game a week or so ago, the semi-final, and it is something United have found tough.

"They've been great at beating the teams they are supposed to beat and that is what has let Liverpool down. So I think even though he has been a great addition, I think they need to go and win a big game and do something out of the ordinary."

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Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clash at Anfield on Sunday (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clash at Anfield on Sunday (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clash at Anfield on Sunday (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Carragher went on to back Liverpool to retain the Premier League title despite their recent dip in form, as he backed Jurgen Klopp's men to bounce back into form, despite the injury to key defender Virgil van Dijk.

"I felt Liverpool would win the league comfortably this season, but obviously the situation with Van Dijk is a big blow and it doesn't look like they are going to get a centre back in," he added. "I've always felt that if they got a centre back in, an adequate one, they'd take some stopping.

"At the moment I'd have to say City are looking pretty decent. City, Liverpool, I think United will be in the top three. I look at the other teams for the top four and I still look at Chelsea's squad and think it's a better squad than Tottenham, so I think they'll just do it.

"So I'll stick with Liverpool, then Manchester City, with United third. I'm not sure about Chelsea. Chelsea or Leicester in fourth, but I'll go Chelsea. With the squad they have got there, they should be in the top four."

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