Sir Alex Ferguson used to point out Liverpool’s lack of quality compared to their teams of the past during his Manchester United team talks.
The Scot took over at Old Trafford in the 1980s and was tasked with making the Red Devils the dominant force in English football.
He famously said his goal was to “knock Liverpool off their perch”.
And when he would head to Anfield, as the Reds struggled to compete with United, he would remind his players that Liverpool’s quality didn’t match up with their sides of yesteryear, according to Rio Ferdinand.
Ferguson secured some memorable wins on Merseyside during his tenure.
And Ferdinand wants to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer take a page out of the Scot’s book this afternoon.
“Just that mention of them lacking some quality would put a spring in your step.
“Ole (or someone in that changing room) must be shouting that this is a weakened team to the last couple of seasons, first choice CBs out – GET AT THEM FROM THE FIRST WHISTLE.
“Simple yes but sometimes highlighting the obvious can trigger something… these games aren’t about over complicating things a lot of the time.”
Solskjaer’s side head to Anfield as the league leaders following their win in midweek.
Liverpool though have a formidable home record and the United boss has played down their chances of leaving with all three points.
“If you look at the last few seasons, it would be an upset,” said Solakjer. “It would be a shock.
“Our position at the moment is a product of all the hard work we’ve done on the training ground and what the players are putting down every single day and we probably deserve to be where we’re at at the moment.
“So we’re looking forward to the game and hopefully we can cause that upset.”