One team has a crisis of confidence. The other a crisis of injury.
However, on evidence of scorelines 5-2 vs Norwich to 2-3 vs Tottenham Hotspur, Brendan Rodgers showed Sir Alex Ferguson how it’s done.
Liverpool went to Norwich under huge pressure with everything to lose.
Five league games saw them at the bottom of the table, pretty much without a win.
Liverpool were already in their worst start to a season for more than 100 years.
Failure to beat Norwich would have made it the club’s worst run since 1899.
Did Rodgers blink? No. He went with his youth and they paid him back in full.
Luis Suarez may have got a hat-trick, but it was the likes of Suso, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom that set up the Liverpool win.
Contrast that with Sir Aex’s continued dependence on the Scholes-Giggs axis, with Tom Cleverley, Anderson and the ‘new Scholes’, Nick Powell, all on the bench.
Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly are injured but still Rodgers went with his youth.
“It was fantastic,” said Rodgers. “We scored five goals, could have had a few more, and our control and domination of the game were very impressive.
“Right to the end, our work-rate and our intensity were good. It’s been a good day.”
Throw Nuri Sahin into that mix and you can see the Liverpool revolution coming to fruition.
Suarez scored an audacious goal to get going.
Norwich should have pulled a goal back within 30 seconds of the re-start as Robert Snodgrass moved on to Grant Holt’s knock down, only to send the ball high over the bar from less than five yards out.
Then the Suarez show really began. Suarez left the Norwich back four for dead, spotted Sahin and pulled the ball back for the Turk to score home from eight yards.
Suarez had his hat-trick 10 minutes. Sahin this time returning the favour.
Liverpool back their youth, what about you United.