Vincent Kompany probably had it right this week when he said big clubs are never more than one game from a crisis.
He will be hoping to pile more misery on Manchester United this weekend, a club for whom crisis might be their middle name such have been the travails of the past few years. The Reds have lost their last three matches in all competitions, have an array of injuries and question marks over their style and identity. That's just on the pitch without looking deeper behind the scenes.
Tonight's Turf Moor trip pits a team that have played three lost and three at home against one that have played three and lost three away. Something has to give.
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United's start to the season has been a poor one with home performances disappointing and away results non-existent. Six points from five games is not good enough. There are mitigating circumstances and the Reds can look down the road to Merseyside for a blueprint on how to turn things around.
Liverpool are among the early pacesetters this term but things were far from rosy in the Anfield garden a year ago. They won only two of their first eight games, taking just 10 points, and even when they seemed to kickstart their campaign with home wins over Manchester City and West Ham they promptly lost to Nottingham Forest and Leeds United.
It meant they only had 16 points from their opening dozen games with twice as many defeats (four) as they suffered in the entirety of the previous campaign. They too were suffering with a glut of injuries not dissimilar to the current problems at Old Trafford.
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