Liverpool favourites for Sunday clash with Manchester United, claims Robbie Fowler

Former Liverpool man claims visitors will be favourites at Old Trafford this weekend

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Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has expressed his surprise at Manchester United's slump this season and expects his old club to beat them at Old Trafford this weekend.

Liverpool have not won there in their last six trips, but they arrive this Sunday with an 11-point lead over the old rivals and still with a hope of claiming a first league title in 24 years.

Fowler expressed surprise at how quickly United had gone into decline this season and praised Brendan Rodgers for Liverpool's dramatic upturn in form.

He said: "It’s always a massive game but the difference this time is that Liverpool must be favourites.

"I can’t remember the last time a Liverpool team went to Old Trafford in that position. On paper it’s a game Liverpool should win. They’re in great form and I am quietly confident Liverpool can get a big result there.

"It was always going to be hard for Moyes to replace Ferguson after everything he achieved but I think is everyone surprised with where United are in the table. It’s basically the same team who walked away with the title last season, plus Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata.

"People talk about how far United have dropped but I also look at it from the other side – how far Liverpool have come. That’s testament to what Brendan has achieved so far.

"He has got the team playing so well and I think teams are starting to fear Liverpool again. The manager deserves a lot of credit for that."

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Amazingly Manchester United have already lost four times at home in the league this season something Fowler could have imagined a few years ago.

"A few teams have gone to Old Trafford and got results this season. It has lost that fear factor," he said.

"United had it for a number of years. Teams went there knowing they would be on the back foot and almost expecting to lose. That’s not happening anymore.

"Now teams are actually pushing on looking to win there rather than sitting back hoping to nick a point.

"When Liverpool play Everton everyone says the formbook goes out of the window and to a certain degree, I’d say the same goes for Liverpool Man United games.

"Forget the season they’re having, United will certainly up their game for the visit of Liverpool. Brendan and the players need to be ready for that.

"Can Liverpool win the title? Of course they can because they are so close to the top with only 10 games to go but I wouldn’t say I’m confident.

"Hopefully they can keep surprising people. Confidence is high and if Liverpool do beat United more and more people will be talking about Liverpool as possible champions."